Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sierra National Forest lifts campfire restrictions


 Clovis, CA – Based on weather trends changing, an increase in relative humidity and a decrease in average temperatures the Sierra National Forest is lifting fire restrictions put in effect on Aug. 6.

Forest Visitors will still need to obtain a campfire permit if they are camping outside of designated campgrounds and follow all guidelines when having open flame fires.

Pancho Villa Expedition - Around the Campfire 

Guidelines for forest campfires:
  • Clear all flammable material away from the fire for a minimum of six feet in all directions to prevent escape of the fire.
  • Avoid building campfires under hanging branches or over steep slopes, 
  • Have a shovel available at the campfire site for preparing and extinguishing campfires.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended, Have a responsible person in attendance at all times.
  • Extinguish campfire with water, using the ‘drown, stir, and feel’ method.
  • In the wilderness, no campfires above 10,000 ft. (this varies by area, and will be posted on individual wilderness permits).
Woodcutting areas are still open. Please continue to contact the 24-hour information line at 559-346-1525 for information regarding any daily restrictions. The recording is revised at 5 p.m. daily. 
 Please be advised that woodcutting will close for the season on November 30, 2012.

For more information please contact the Sierra National Forest at one of the following locations: Clovis 559-297-0706, North Fork 559-877-2218, or Prather 559-855-5355.
 Information is also available on the Sierra National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/sierra/.


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