Lassen National Forest implements fire restrictions

The Lassen National Forest fire restrictions go into effect today, Friday, July 2, the agency shared.

Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(a) and (b), and to provide for public safety protect natural resources,the following acts are prohibited within the Lassen National Forest. This Order is effective from July 2, 2021, through Nov. 30, 2021.

1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire,or stove fire, except in the Developed Recreation Sites. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(a).
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or within a Developed Recreation Site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. 36 C.F.R. § 26l.52(d).
3. Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(i).4. Operating an internal combustion engine, except a motor vehicle, outside of the Designated Recreation Sites listed in Exhibit A. 36 C.F.R. § 26l.52(h).

Pursuantto36C.F.R.§261.50(e),the following persons are exempt from this Order.

1. Persons with a 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. Persons with a valid California Campfire Permit are not exempt from the prohibitions listed above. However, persons with a valid California Campfire Permit may use a portable stove or lantern using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel.

2. Persons with a Forest Service Special Use Permit for a recreation residence on the Lassen National Forest are exempt from Prohibition Nos. 1, 2, and 4, only while at their recreation residences.

3. Persons with a valid Forest Service fuelwood permit are not exempt from the prohibitions
listed above. However, persons with a valid Forest Service fuelwood permit may use a chainsaw to cut fuelwood, provided that the cutting is done in compliance with the terms of the permit.

4. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefghting force in the performance of an official duty.

These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions found 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 U.S.C. § 551 and 18 U.S.C. §§ 3559, 3571, and 3581.