Plumas National Forest fire restrictions go into effect June 15
Fire restrictions will go into effect June 15 within the Plumas National Forest (public land) according to Earl Ford, forest supervisor. “We’re a couple of weeks early this year because of hot weather and dry woody fuel conditions,” he noted.
—No open fires, campfires or charcoal fires will be allowed outside of designated areas (see attached list) even with a valid California campfire permit. Bucks Lake Wilderness is included in this restriction. However, lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed as long as the forest visitor has a valid California campfire permit. Permits are available from Forest Service offices during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).
—No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building or designated recreation site.
—Internal combustion engines are restricted to national forest system roads, routes, trails and areas as identified on the Plumas National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map. Cross-country travel between roads, routes, trails and areas is prohibited; trail riders are urged to be careful.
Some people may be exempt from these restrictions if they have been specifically allowed by the Forest Service via a permit or approved plan of operations. Additionally, any federal, state or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of official duty, is exempt.
For information about private land fire restrictions (regulated by CalFire), call 310-2226.
Woodcutting is currently allowed within the Plumas National Forest (public land) if the daily fire indices permit. To determine if woodcutting is permitted on a given day, call 800-847-7766 prior to cutting wood. A recorded message will notify woodcutters if the next day is designated hoot-owl (no cutting after 1 p.m.), open all day (no restrictions) or no woodcutting allowed.
Note: Woodcutters should call before 4:30 p.m. on the day they plan to cut as the message is updated for the following day at about that time.
Hot and dry weather is expected to continue through summer and early fall, resulting in increased fire danger. Woodcutters are urged to cut firewood now while conditions permit.
Questions about fire restrictions, designated recreation sites, motor vehicle use and firewood cutting on the Plumas National Forest (public land) may be directed to the local Plumas National Forest offices: Supervisor’s Office, 283-2050; Beckwourth Ranger District (Portola/Milford area), 836-2575; Feather River Ranger District (Oroville/Challenge area), 534-6500; and Mount Hough Ranger District (Quincy/Greenville area), 283-0555.
A list of designated recreation sites is also available on the Internet, along with the motor vehicle use map, at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/plumas/maps-pubs/?cid=stelprdb5322854