New fire restrictions went into effect starting today.
The new rules say there´s no smoking and no campfires allowed, except in approved, developed recreation areas.
If you want to use a portable stove or lantern, U.S. Forest Service Spokesman Pat Kaunert says you need a valid California Campfire Permit.
“What those permits do is basically tell you how to keep your campfire from escaping, if you´re camping using a campfire within a developed campground. But also, if you´re outside of a developed campground, you still need that Campfire Permit to have that gas stove or that gas-type lantern,” Kaunert cautioned Wednesday.
Kaunert also says the best way to know where campfires are allowed is to stop by a Forest Service Ranger Station before going camping. He says that will allow campers to do a few things.
“Find out the best places to camp, and the conditions right now, and at the same time get that Campfire Permit. They´re free,” Kaunert added.
You can also visit the Forest Service Office on Greenley Road in Sonora.
Mi-Wok Ranger Station
Highway 108, Mi Wuk Village
Summit Ranger Station
Highway 108, Pinecrest
Groveland Ranger Station
Highway 120, Buck Meadows
Calaveras Ranger Station
Highway 4, Hathaway Pines