2016-07-28 / Breaking News / Front Page

Smoking ban in effect, campfires are restricted

Gazette staff

Smoking outdoors has been banned in Mariposa County.

CAL FIRE issued the outdoor smoking proclamation this week and it went into effect on Tuesday. The order, signed by Nancy B. Koerperich, unit chief of the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit of CAL FIRE, also addresses campfires in the region.

Because of the extreme wildfire potential, she said “unusual fire conditions” exist in this region, thus prompting the ban on smoking and campfire restrictions.

Concerning campfires, the order states that campfires are not allowed except within facilities constructed for that purpose within the confines of a campground established, maintained and open for public use whether publicly or privately owned.

As for smoking, CAL FIRE has banned all outdoor smoking except within motor vehicles while operated or parked on established roads, rest stops or parking areas cleared of flammable vegetation, within established campgrounds open to the public or within an area that is at least three feet or approximately one member in diameter, which has been cleared to mineral soil by removal of all flammable vegetation and duff.

The suspension includes all state responsibility area lands within Mariposa, Madera and Merced counties.

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