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Fire Restrictions Now in Effect for Shasta-Trinity National Forest

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Anyone in violation of these prohibitions may be subject to a fine, six months in jail, or both. If a person causes a wildfire, they may be liable for firefighting and resource damage costs and any fire-related deaths or injuries.

Posted: Jul 19, 2018 11:44 AM
Updated: Jul 19, 2018 1:43 PM

REDDING, Calif. — The Shasta-Trinity National Forest will implement fire restrictions Thursday, July 19, 2018.

The decision to enter into fire restrictions on National Forest System lands is based on the presence of very dry forest vegetation and current fire activity. Forest officials are implementing the restrictions to prevent human-caused fires and raise public awareness.

ARE THERE ANY AREAS EXEMPT FROM THESE FIRE RESTRICTIONS?

Areas exempted from these fire restrictions include the shorelines of Shasta Lake, Trinity Lake and Iron Canyon Reservoir that are at least 50 feet from any flammable vegetation and within 10 feet of the water’s edge.

Other areas exempt from fire restrictions include the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel, Chanchelulla, and Castle Crags Wilderness Areas.

Most of the Trinity Alps Wilderness is also exempt, except for three high elevation watershed areas within the Wilderness (please refer to Order 14-18-08)

Campfires are never allowed in the Mt. Shasta Wilderness Area (Order 14-59/61-31).

Fire restrictions include:
1. No fires outside designated sites. Designated sites include developed recreation sites and designated fire safe sites. Please refer to the list of designated sites available for free at forest offices or online at: https://go.usa.gov/xUNgQ.
2. No smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle, building, or at a developed recreation site or designated fire safe site.
3. No operation of internal combustion engines, except below the high waterline on Shasta Lake, Trinity Lake and Iron Canyon Reservoir or on designated National Forest System roads or trails. Please refer to the 2014 Shasta-Trinity National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) available for free at offices or online at https://go.usa.gov/xU5Ya.
4. No welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame.

Portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed with a valid California campfire permit. Campfire permits are free and available at all Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and CAL FIRE offices, Campground Hosts, Forest Service field personnel and online at www.preventwildfireca.org. Please note that a printer must be connected and available to print out the online permit.

Generator operation is allowed if the generator has a working Forest Service-approved spark arrestor, all flammable material is cleared away from the generator for a minimum of five feet in all directions and a responsible person is in attendance at all times. Chainsaw operation to cut fuelwood is allowed when operated in accordance with Shasta-Trinity National Forest fuelwood cutting permit regulations.

Areas exempted from these fire restrictions include the shorelines of Shasta Lake, Trinity Lake and Iron Canyon Reservoir that are at least 50 feet from any flammable vegetation and within 10 feet of the water’s edge. Other areas exempt from fire restrictions include the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel, Chanchelulla, and Castle Crags Wilderness Areas. Most of the Trinity Alps Wilderness is also exempt, except for three high elevation watershed areas within the Wilderness (please refer to Order 14-18-08). Campfires are never allowed in the Mt. Shasta Wilderness Area (Order 14-59/61-31).

Anyone 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, they may be held liable for firefighting and resource damage costs and any injuries that occur.

More information can be found on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest website www.fs.usda.gov/stnf or by calling (530) 226-2500.

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