The Stanislaus National Forest enacted temporary fire restrictions in High Hazard Areas on Friday, effective through the end of the official 2019 fire season.
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:
1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, except in the Developed Recreation Sites.
2. Smoking, except within and enclosed vehicle or building, within a Developed Recreation Sites or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
3. Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
“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.”
Information on fire restrictions, the Forest Order STF-16-2019-13 and the accompanying map are available at https://go.usa.gov/xRjQ5.
It is Stanislaus National Forest visitors’ responsibility to know the location of their 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 through Dec. 31.