National forests tighten fire rules

As could be expected with wildfires burning all around, the National Forest Service has tightened fire restrictions on the Lassen and Plumas national forests due to the elevated wildfire threat, reports the Mendocino Beacon.

Open fires are prohibited outside of designated campgrounds and campsites, even with a California campfire permit. The Caribou and Thousand Lakes Wilderness Area are exempted, as is the High Lakes Recreation Area above Inskip.

Portable stoves or lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed with a campfire permit.

Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle, a building or in a designated recreation site. Motor vehicles are allowed only on established roads, trails or within designated recreation sites.

Fire restrictions in effect on the Mendocino National Forest will remain in place through Oct. 30, 2018. Forest Supervisor Ann Carlson says, “We are implementing these restrictions due to dry conditions and the increased risk of wildfires. The public can help prevent human-caused wildfires by always practicing fire safety and complying with these restrictions.”

Temporary fire restrictions are put in place to provide for public safety, protect natural resources and limit the threat of human-caused wildfires. Similar restrictions are going into effect on neighboring forests. However, restrictions can vary by forest and visitors should check with the national forest they plan on visiting for the latest fire restrictions and conditions.

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