Emergency fire restrictions extended on the Lassen National Forest

The Lassen National Forest remains under emergency fire restrictions, according to a Sept. 25 statement. USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has implemented Regional Order No. 20-16 to extend its order on California’s fire prohibitions. This decision will be evaluated daily, taking fire and weather conditions into account. The fire prohibition includes building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove through Sept. 30.

The LNF’s current Forest Order 06-20-11 remains to have camping restrictions within the LNF to protect natural resources and provide for public and employee safety. This Order prohibits camping outside of developed recreation sites and will be in effect from Sept. 19, through Nov. 30.

These campsites are opened on the LNF: The Almanor Ranger District (Battle Creek Campground, Legacy Campground, and Potato Patch Campground). The Eagle Lake Ranger District (Aspen Grove Campground, Christie Campground, Eagle Campground, and Merrill Campground). The Hat Creek Ranger District (Big Pine Campground, Cave Campground, Dusty Campground, and Hat Creek Campground).

“Forest Order 06-20-11 and Regional Order No. 20-16 protects the Forest, the surrounding communities, and LNF personnel from the heightened risk of potential large fires and increased fire danger in the Northern California area, said Deb Bumpus, forest supervisor, LNF.

The following persons are exempt from this Regional Order:

1. Persons with Forest Service Permit No. FS-7700-48 (Permit for Use of Roads, Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation or Order), specifically exempting them from this Order.
2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the Performance of an official duty.

For more information, visit the Lassen National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/lassen or social media channels.