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Shasta-Trinity National Forest Fire Restrictions Now in Effect. #CaFire #CaCamping #CaParks #CaForests
Shasta-Trinity National Forest fire restrictions go into effect beginning midnight July 24, 2013
REDDING, Calif. - The Shasta-Trinity National Forest, with the exception of the Trinity Alps Wilderness area, will implement fire restrictions starting at midnight, July 24, 2013. The decision is based on very dry forest vegetation and the increased risk of possible fire activity. Forest officials are implementing the restrictions to prevent human-caused fires and raise public awareness of increased fire risk as the summer continues to get warmer and dryer.
Due to this increased fire risk, forest visitors are reminded to exercise caution when visiting the National Forest. Along with remembering to practice safe campfire procedures, travelers through the Forest should remain on designated roads, never park on dry brush or grass or haul a vehicle or a boat with a chain dragging on the ground. “Remember, one less spark means one less wildfire,” said Fire Management Officer, Ernst Little.
"Following the pattern of northern California seasons, we've again reached a time of increased fire danger caused by rising temperatures and dry vegetation. By adhering to these few simple rules and promoting increased awareness of fire danger, the possibility of a human-caused wildfire can be virtually eliminated. We are asking the public to be aware of these conditions and safety precautions so we can all work together to protect our communities,” Little said.
Fire restrictions include:
1. No campfires or charcoal fires are permitted except inside established campfire sites within Forest Service developed campgrounds and other developed recreation sites and designated fire safe sites.
2. Campfires are not be allowed anywhere in the Yolla Bolla-Middle Eel, Chanchelulla, Castle Crags or Mount Shasta Wildernesses.
3. Smoking is confined to enclosed vehicles or buildings, developed recreation sites and other designated fire-safe sites.
4. Use of internal combustion engines is prohibited, except on roads and designated trails. All engines must be equipped with spark-arresting devices.
5. Welding or operating acetylene or other torch device with an open flame is prohibited.
Campfire permits are required where campfires are not explicitly prohibited, except when utilizing an established campfire ring in a developed Forest Service facility. Campfire permits are free and available at all Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and CAL FIRE offices. Permits can also occasionally be obtained from campground hosts and Forest Service field personnel, but visitors are advised to obtain the permit before heading into the forest. The permit must be obtained in person and cannot be done over the phone or online.
People interested in camping outside of designated areas should contact the nearest Forest Service office for instructions, updated fire information, campfire permits and current restrictions.
People in violation of these prohibitions may be subject to a fine, six-months in jail or both. If a person is found to have caused a wildfire he/she may be held liable for firefighting and resource damage costs and any injuries that occur.
Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and call your local Ranger Station to check on location conditions. The Shasta-Trinity National Forest would like remind everyone that it takes engagement and responsibility from every one to ensure human-caused wildfires don't have a chance to impact your public lands. Remember- Only You Can Prevent Wildfires.
Ranger stations contact information is as follows:
Shasta-Trinity National Forest Headquarters3644 Avtech Parkway, Redding(530) 226-2500
California Welcome Center1699 Highway 273, Anderson(530) 365-7500
Big Bar Ranger StationStar Route 1, Box 10, Big Bar(530) 623-6106
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