Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fire Restrictions Lifted


Fire Restriction Lifted in Moderate and High Hazard Areas
Sonora, Calif., (October 25, 2012)…The Forest Service today announced that due to shorter days, cooler weather, and higher humidity, fire restrictions in effect by Forest Order are to be lifted effective today, October 25, 2012 within the Moderate and High Hazard Areas of the Stanislaus National Forest (NF). Upon lifting of the restriction visitors may use wood, charcoal, or gas fires or stoves outside of developed campgrounds as long as they possess a valid California Campfire Permit and follow the permit regulations.
Forest fire officials emphasize that fuel conditions some forest areas are still dry, and fire season remains in effect. California Campfire Permits are required for campfires and barbeques outside developed campgrounds. Additionally, the suspension on open residential dooryard burning and other debris burning will continue to remain in effect. Campfire permits may be obtained at Forest Service and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE) offices.   
Visitors and campers are required to first obtain the Campfire Permit, and follow the terms stated on the permit when building, using or maintaining a campfire, briquette barbeque, or gas stove outside developed campgrounds within the Stanislaus NF.
Campfire Permits require the following:
1.            Clear all flammable material away from the campfire, barbeque, or gas stove for a minimum of five feet in all directions, down to bare mineral soil, to prevent escape of the fire.
2.            Have a shovel available at the campfire site for preparing and extinguishing campfires.
3.            Have a responsible person in attendance at all times (never leave a fire unattended).
4.            Extinguish the campfire with plenty of water, using the "drown, stir, and feel" method.
5.            During dry, windy weather conditions, avoid building and maintaining campfires. 
Fire prevention officials are asking visitors to make extra sure they clear down to mineral soil five feet in all directions around their campfire, drown their campfire with water, and possess a shovel at the campfire site. Additionally, campfires should never be located near overhanging tree branches, brush, or other flammable vegetation. Visitors who smoke outside a vehicle are required to do so within a cleared area of at least 3 feet in diameter. Never extinguish burning tobacco on or near dry vegetation, an old stump, or decayed log.
The suspension on open residential dooryard burning remains in effect. Last July 1, CAL FIRE Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit (TCU) suspended all burning permits within the State Responsibility Areas of Tuolumne, Calaveras, Eastern San Joaquin, and Eastern Stanislaus Counties. This suspension also applies to Mariposa County within the CAL FIRE Madera Mariposa Merced Unit. The CAL FIRE open burning suspension does not include campfires in organized campsites open to the public.

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