Many Forest Fire Restrictions Removed with arrival of cooler, wetter weather
Placerville, CA…..Fire restrictions in the Eldorado National Forest was removed on Wednesday, September 25, as a result of recent rains and future weather forecasts, announced Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit lifted fire restrictions on National Forest System lands Tuesday, September 24, 2013.
Campfire permits are available free-of-charge at all Eldorado National Forest offices. They will also be available at special fire prevention information stations that will be staffed on Friday night and Saturday morning at the following locations: Cleveland Corral off the Ice House Road, on the Mormon Emigrant Trail near Bonetti Road, at the Georgetown Ranger Station in Georgetown, and at the intersection of Ellis Road and Highway 88.
Forest Service fire chief Kit Bailey said, "Even though restrictions will be lifted, we still need hikers and campers to use caution with campfires, stoves, barbecue grills and cigarette smoking." Forest officials say that this is the time of the year when wind becomes the fire problem in the forest. Campfires should not be built when the wind is blowing.
“It’s important that people drown their campfire and test it with their hand to make sure there’s no heat in it before leaving it unattended,” said Crabtree.
While fire restrictions imposed in the summer have been lifted, the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit adopted a set of fire regulations in 2004 that restrict where campfires are allowed year-round. Most of the Lake Tahoe backcountry is "stove only" with a valid campfire permit. This regulation applies within the Desolation Wilderness, where a stove only regulation has been in place for more than 10 years.
For more information about backcountry fire regulations and how to obtain a campfire permit, call the Forest Supervisor's office in South Lake Tahoe at 530-543-2694. To learn more about residential burning, contact CAL FIRE or your local fire department or fire protection district.
Wetter conditions returned to the Eldorado National Forest just in time for deer hunting season to begin on Saturday.