High Fire Danger Triggers Fire Restrictions in National Forest
Fire restrictions took effect in the Eldorado National Forest beginning June 14, stated a prepared statement from U.S. Forest Service Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. Campfires and charcoal barbecues will be restricted to designated recreation sites, and other fire related activities will be prohibited until the end of fire season.
“Drought conditions have resulted in the Forest drying out faster than normal, and we have reached the point where fire restrictions need to be implemented,” Crabtree said. “I anticipate that this will be a very active fire season and urge forest visitors to do their part in protecting their forest.”
Legal descriptions of the fire restrictions and a list of exempted areas are displayed on the Eldorado National Forest Website atfs.usda.gov/eldorado.
Beginning June 14, the following acts are prohibited within the Eldorado National Forest Fire Restriction Area, until the end of the 2014 fire season:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, except within the stoves and fire rings provided in the Designated Recreation Sites shown on Exhibit A. 36CFR 261.52(a).
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a Developed Recreation Site shown on Exhibit A, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. 36 CFR 261.52(d).
- Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame. 36 CFR 261.52(i).
- Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and maintained in effective working order. 36 CFR 261.52(j).
Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this order:
- Persons with a permit from the Forest Service specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
- Persons with a Special Use Permit from the Forest Service for a recreation residence in a recreation residence tract, may build, maintain, attend or use an elevated charcoal grill, propane grill or campfire at their recreation residence, provided that they have a valid California Campfire Permit and comply with the terms of the permit.
- Persons with valid California Campfire Permit are not exempt from the prohibitions listed above. However, persons with a valid California Campfire Permit may use a portable stove or lantern that uses gas, kerosene, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel.
These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFR Part 261, Subpart A.
A violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.
For additional information contact Kristi Schroeder, acting public affairs officer, Eldorado NF, 100 Forni Road, Placerville, 95667; by e-mail at email@example.com; or by phone at 530-295-5610.