Effective Monday, August 6, 2012, the Klamath National Forest will limit areas where recreationists can have campfires on the Forest. This restriction is based on very dry forest vegetation and expected increased fire activity.
Forest officials are implementing the restrictions to prevent human-caused fires and raise public awareness as the summer continues to get warmer and drier.
“Allowing open campfires only in designated recreation sites and higher elevation where conditions are not as dry and use is fairly low will help minimize the potential of accidentally starting a wildland fire,” explained Forest Supervisor Patricia Grantham.
With the increased fire risk, forest visitors are reminded to exercise caution when visiting the National Forest. Travelers through the Forest should remain on designated trails and never park on dry brush or grass.
Fire restrictions include:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, except in the Trinity Alps, Russian, Marble Mountain and Siskiyou Wilderness Areas and Designated Recreation Sites.
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or a building, within the Designated Recreation Sites, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren of all flammable material.
- Welding, or operating an acetylene torch with an open flame.
- Using an explosive.
- Operating an internal combustion engine, except on National Forest System roads or trails, or within the Designated Recreation Sites.
- Persons with a permit from the Forest Service specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission. Persons with a valid California Campfire Permit are not exempt from the prohibitions listed above. However, persons with a California Campfire Permit may use a portable stove or lantern using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel.
- Any Federal, State or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.