UP TO  A $500 FINE  MAY BE IMPOSED FOR FIRES INCLUDING CHARCOAL BARBECUES AND TIKI LAMPS! We have included the official news release for the Eldorado and Stanislaus Forests. All of us have seen the outbreak of fires all across the North West. While we will all miss sitting by the campfire with family and friends, I’m sure we would all agree, it is a far better choice than trying to evacuate the forests with them, because of just one callous camper.

Forestwide Restrictions In Effect as of July 1, 2015:
Eldorado National Forest Order No. 03-15-02
Stanislaus National Forest Order No. STF 2015-07calousFire Restrictions

Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50(a) and (b), and to provide for public safety and protect natural resources, the following acts are prohibited within the Eldorado National Forest and the Moore Creek Fire Restriction Area on the Stanislaus National Forest, as shown on Exhibit B and described in Exhibit C. This Order is effective from July 1, 2015 through the end of the 2015 fire season.

Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, except within the stoves and fire rings provided in the Developed Recreation Sites, as shown on Exhibit A. 36 CFR 261.52(a).
Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a Developed Recreation Site shown on Exhibit A or while stopped in an area at least three 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).
Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and maintained in effective working order. 36 CFR 261.52(j).

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:

Persons with a permit from the Forest Service specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
Persons with a Special Use Permit from the Forest Service for a recreation residence in a recreation residence tract, may build, maintain, attend or use an elevated charcoal grill, propane grill or campfire at their recreation residence, provided that they have a valid California Campfire Permit and comply with the terms of the permit.
Persons with a valid California Campfire permit are NOT exempt from the prohibitions above. However, persons with a valid California Campfire permits may use a portable stove or lantern that uses gas, kerosene, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel.

These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFR Part 261, Subpart A.

A violation of these 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. 16 USC 551 and 18 USC 3559, 3571, and 3581.

Executed in Placerville, California, this 29 day of June 2015.