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Some Fire Restrictions Lifted

The Forest Service today announced that, because of shorter days and cooler temperatures, fire restrictions are lifted in the Moderate Hazard Areas of the Forest, generally above 6,500 feet in elevation. Campfires, briquette barbecues, and smoking outside developed campgrounds are permitted in middle elevation Moderate Hazard Areas of the Forest, and high elevation Low Hazard Areas of the Forest.

High Hazard Area fire restrictions, currently in effect since July 8, 2004 for the lower elevations of the Forest, are to remain in effect until dry conditions change. The following prohibitions remain in effect by Forest Order [2004-02] in High Hazard Areas of the Forest, within elevation zones ranging from 1,250 to 6,500 feet on the Groveland, Mi-Wok, Summit, and Calaveras Ranger Districts of the Stanislaus National Forest.

Restrictions Remain in Effect for High Hazard Areas:

No Campfires. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, (including briquette type barbecue), or stove fire is prohibited, except within developed recreation sites. Persons with a valid California Campfire Permit may use a portable stove or lantern that uses gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel. [36 CFR 261.52 (a)].

No Smoking. Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area al least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material [36 CFR 261.52 (d)].

No Welding. Operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame is prohibited, except by permit [36 CFR 261.52 (i)].

No Use Of Explosives. Using an explosive is prohibited, except by permit [36 CFR 261.52 (b)].

Violations of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both [16 USC 551; and 18 USC 3559; and 18 USC 3571]. These temporary fire restrictions will remain in effect until the end of the 2004 fire season, or otherwise terminated. Copies of the Forest Order and maps displaying the fire hazard zones are available for viewing at Forest Offices in Sonora, Mi-Wuk Village, Pinecrest, Groveland, and Hathaway Pines.

These temporary fire restrictions by Forest Order suspend open campfires in high hazard areas, except in developed campgrounds and recreation sites. A list of designated campgrounds is available at Forest Service offices. Concurrent with these Forest fire restrictions, open burning permits are suspended on Stanislaus National Forest land, including organizational camps and recreation residential properties administered under Forest Service Special Use Permit.

Additionally, the Stanislaus NF will continue to enforce California State fire laws, and support the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF), Southern Region´s May 10, 2004 “Proclamation Suspending All Open Burning Permits.” According to CDF Tuolumne Calaveras Unit (TCU) Unit Chief Fred McVay, the proclamation remains in effect on private land in the Counties of Calaveras, Tuolumne, and those eastern portions of San Joaquin and Stanislaus that are within the State Responsibility Area. Forest Service fire and law enforcement officials will enforce the CDF proclamation within the Direct Fire Protection Areas administered by the Stanislaus NF.

Woodcutting with a chainsaw is permissible on Stanislaus National Forest Land, with a valid permit. Woodcutters should check in advance by calling (209) 532-5601 for recorded daily fire danger and wood cutting information.