2016-06-30 / Breaking News / Front Page

Sierra National Forest supervisor explains temporary fire restrictions

Gazette staff

The first image that pops into mind when one thinks of the Fourth of July is likely that of fireworks.

However, due to dry conditions increasing the chances of fire in California, Sierra National Forest supervisor Dean A. Gould announced a temporary fire restriction in the forest. On Wednesday, June 29, Gould sent an email to media members, explaining his rationale.

To maintain public safety and protect natural resources, the following acts are prohibited within the Sierra National Forest:

  • Building, maintaining or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, except within designated wilderness areas or designated recreational sites.

  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or within designated wilderness and recreational sites.

  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.

  • Using an explosive.

  • Operating an internal combustion engine, except on a National Forest System or trail.

    Designated wilderness areas include: Ansel Adams Wilderness (Bass Lake Ranger District) and the John Muir Wilderness, Kaiser Wilderness, Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, Monarch Wilderness and Ansel Adams Wilderness (High Sierra Ranger District).

Designated recreational sites include: Big Sandy Campground, Bowler Campground, Chilkoot Campground, Clover Meadow, Denver Church Day Use, Dirt Flat Campground, Dry Gulch Campground, Falls Beach Day Use, Forks Campground, Fresno Dome Campground, Gaggs Campground, Granite Creek Campground, Greys Mountain Campground, Kelty Meadow Campground, Little Denver Church Day Use, Little Jackass Campground, Lone Sequoia Campground, Lower Chiquito Campground, Nelder Grove Campground, Rocky Point Day Use, Soda Springs Campground, Soquel Campground, Summerdale Campground, Sweetwater Campground, Texas Flat Campground, Upper Chiquito Campground, Whiskers Campground, Whisky Falls Campground, Willow Cove Day Use, Wishon Point Campground (Bass Lake Ranger District).

From the High Sierra Ranger District, designated recreational sites include: Badger Flat Campground, Badger Flat Group CG, Bear Cove Day Use, Billy Creek Lower CG, Billy Creek Upper CG, Bolsillo Campground, Buck Meadow CG, Catavee Campground, College Campground, Deer Creek Campground, Dinkey Creek Campground, Dorabelle Campground, Dowville Day Use, Gravel Flat Campground, Jackass Meadow Campground, Kinnikinnick Campground, Kirch Flat Campground, Kirch Flat Group CG, Lilypad Campground, Marmot Rock Campground, Midge Creek Group C.G, Mono Creek Campground, Mono Hotsprings Campground, Portal Forebay Campground, Rancheria Campground, Sample Meadow CG, Sawmill Flat Campground, Swanson Meadow CG, Trapper Springs Campground, Upper Kings Group CG, Vermillion Campground, Voyager Rock Campground, Ward Lake Campground, West Kaiser Campground, Wishon Village, Haslett Basin Traditional Use Area.

The following persons are exempt from the order:

  • Federal, state or local officers, or members of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

  • Persons with a permit from the forest service specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission. Persons with a valid California Campfire Permit are not exempt from the prohibitions. However, persons with a valid California Campfire Permit may use a portable lantern or stove using contained gas, or pressurized liquid fuel with a fuel shut off valve.

  • Persons with a Special Use Permit from the Forest Service for a recreation residence on the Sierra National Forest may use a campfire or stove fire at their recreation residence.

The order is effective from June 30 through the end of the official 2016 fire season. A violation of the 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.  

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