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Temporary Fire Restrictions in High and Moderate Fire Hazard Areas

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avatar Temporary Fire Restrictions in High and Moderate Fire Hazard Areas
July 26, 2019 04:44PM
SONORA, Calif. — The Stanislaus National Forest enacted temporary fire restrictions in High Hazard Areas on July 26, effective through the end of the official 2019 fire season. Information on fire restrictions, the Forest Order STF-16-2019-13 and the accompanying map are available at https://go.usa.gov/xRjQ5. The Stanislaus National Forest currently meets the criteria for activating High and Moderate Fire Hazard restrictions. These restrictions are believed to be the most immediate and effective method to reduce the potential for loss to life and property, and to protect the physical, biological, and cultural resources of the forest from fire.

A temporary forest order has been issued prohibiting the following activities in the High and Moderate Hazard Area:
  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, except in the Developed Recreation Sites listed in Exhibit C of the Forest Order. 36 CFR 261.52(a)
  • Smoking, except within and enclosed vehicle or building, within a Developed Recreation Sites listed in Exhibit C, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. 36 CFR 261.52(d)
  • Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame. 36 CFR 261.52(i)
“The cooler temperatures and significant snowpack delayed high hazard fire restrictions later than usual, “said Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor Jason Kuiken. “Conditions are getting drier and temperatures are heating up, which means an increased risk for wildfire. We encourage all our visitors to be vigilant and follow the fire restrictions while on the forest.”

As a visitor to the Stanislaus National Forest, it is your responsibility to know the location of your activities and whether fire restrictions are in effect for that location. All areas under restrictions will be signed and posted. These restrictions are temporary, and will be in effect from July 26, 2019 through December 31, 2019.
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