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Fire Officials Urge Hunters to be Careful with Fire

Jeff Fontana
Susanville Interagency Fire Center

With smoldering wildfires a constant reminder of extreme fire dangers and various northern California hunting seasons underway, officials at the Susanville Interagency Fire Center are urging hunters to be extremely careful with any use of fire outdoors.

“We have seen unprecedented fire behavior in recent forest and rangeland fires, and in many areas vegetation is at record dry levels,” said Jim Hedges, a manager at SIFC. “There is a high probability than any spark could ignite a wildfire with very high potential of spreading to hundreds of acres within hours.”

Fire restrictions now in effect prohibit all campfires, except in developed and posted recreation sites in the Lassen, Modoc and Plumas national forests and all Bureau of Land Management public lands in the north state. These restrictions prohibit campfires, except in designated campgrounds and recreation sites.

Vehicles must remain on established roads and trails to reduce the chances of hot exhaust systems starting fires. Chainsaw use is prohibited on BLM lands.

Smoking is allowed only within enclosed vehicles and in designated recreation areas.

Hunters and campers may use portable stoves and lanterns outside of developed campgrounds if they have a valid campfire permit. Only devices using gas, pressurized liquid fuel or jellied petroleum are allowed. Charcoal barbecues and wood fires are prohibited.

Restrictions will remain in effect until rainfall reduces fire danger.

 

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