Typical summer weather patterns bringing warmer, drier conditions to the area, have increased the potential for fire activity across the Lassen National Forest, so fire restrictions were put in place Friday will remain in effect until the end of fire season in late autumn.
These restrictions will affect the use of campfires, stoves, smoking and internal combustion engines and operating a motor vehicle on National Forest System lands.
While not exempt from these fire restrictions, the conditions for woodcutting on the forest have changed during elevated restrictions. Now with a valid Forest Service fuel wood permit, woodcutters may operate a chainsaw to cut firewood if the daily fire project activity levels allow.
It is the responsibility of the cutter to obtain the woodcutting status each day prior to cutting by calling 257-9553. The recorded message will be updated daily to notify potential cutters if the next day has any restrictions such as, 1 p.m. shut-down, open all day or no woodcutting allowed that day.
Open fires are prohibited outside of designated, developed campgrounds and camp sites, even with a valid California campfire permit. Designated Recreation Sites that are exempted from fire restrictions are exempted because fuel management within these areas decreases the likelihood of fire start and subsequent transfer to wildland.
The Caribou and Thousand Lakes Wilderness Area are exempted, the past winter has moderated the susceptibility of fuel conditions to fire slight and visitor use is low.
The designated area map for the High Lakes Recreation Area is exempted because the fuel arrangement within the area decreases the likelihood of fire start and subsequent transfer to wildland.
Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle, building or designated recreation site.
Operating an external combustion engine, except a motor vehicle is prohibited outside designated recreation sites. Motor vehicles are allowed only on established Forest System roads, trails or within designated recreation sites.
Welding and operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame is prohibited.
Visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/lassen to learn more about fire restrictions or call 258-2141.