Forest officials have announced that fire restrictions will go into effect on the Lassen National Forest beginning today, July 1st, and continuing through the end of the 2015 fire season.
The restrictions address campfire use, off-road driving, smoking, woodcutting, and other activities on the Forest. Such restrictions are ordered every year when the temperatures rise and cause the forest to dry out and become much more susceptible to wildfires.
“With extreme drought conditions across the state, any fire start has the potential to grow rapidly,” said Lassen National Forest Supervisor Dave Hays. “These restrictions will help us manage this risk.”
Highlights of the restrictions in effect include:
•Open fires are prohibited outside of designated, developed campgrounds and camp sites, even with a valid California campfire permit.
•Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated recreation site.
•Operating an internal combustion engine, except a motor vehicle, is prohibited outside designated recreation sites.
•Motor vehicles are allowed only on established Forest System roads and trails or within designated recreation sites.
•Welding and operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame is prohibited.
•Possessing, discharging, or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device is prohibited on national forest land.
•The use of chainsaws for woodcutting by individuals is permitted only from dawn until 1 pm, a provision known as “hoot owl.” Operators must have valid Forest Service fuelwood permits, and chainsaws must have spark arresters. Fire officials urge woodcutters to cut firewood early in the day.
Additional information is available by contacting any Forest office:
Forest Headquarters (530) 257-2151
Almanor Ranger District (530) 258-2141
Eagle Lake Ranger District (530) 257-4188
Hat Creek Ranger District (530) 336-5521