Fire restrictions are no longer in effect within the Eldorado National Forest. Visitors can 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.
“Despite cooler temperatures and recent storms, fuel conditions in most of the of forest are still dry,” said Bob Patton, acting fire management officer. “Visitors should make sure they clear down to mineral soil five feet in all directions around the campfire, drown their campfire with water and possess a shovel. During windy weather conditions, campfires should be avoided.”
Woodcutting is allowed year round with a valid Personal Use Woodcutting permit. Since a majority of roads in the forest will be under snow or too wet to travel on during the winter, woodcutters are advised to obtain their wood early. A 2005 court order said that wheeled motorized vehicles in the Eldorado National Forest can only be operated on system-motorized roads and trails as shown in the free Motorized Vehicle Restriction map available at Eldorado National Forest offices.
For more information on woodcutting or recreation opportunities, contact any Eldorado National Forest Ranger Station or visit the Web site.
Reprinted with permission from the Amador Ledger Dispatch