Lassen National Forest implements fire restrictions

Due to current fuel conditions and upward trending weather observations, Lassen National Forest will implement forest-wide fire restrictions effective 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2022 on lands administered by the Forest. The Forest Service consulted with CalFire Lassen- Modoc Unit, Bureau of Land Management, and Modoc National Forest on the implementation of these restrictions to reduce fire activity and protect the local communities.

Fire restrictions enhance public safety, protect natural and cultural resources, and help prevent human-caused fires. Several criteria are used to determine when to implement fire restrictions, including fire activity levels, current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, and the availability of firefighting resources. Additional restrictions may be required if conditions warrant.

These fire restrictions will remain in effect across Lassen National Forest until Sept. 30, 2022, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2022:

• Open fires are prohibited outside of designated, developed campgrounds and campsites, even with a valid California campfire permit. Designated Recreation Sites that are exempted from fire restrictions are exempted because fuel management in these areas decrease the likelihood of fire starting and its transfer to wildland.

• Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle, building or designated recreation site.

• Operating an external combustion engine, except a motor vehicle, is prohibited outside designated recreation sites.

• Motor vehicles are allowed only on established Forest System roads, trails or within designated recreation sites.

• Welding and operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame is prohibited.

Call 257-9553 for an up-to-date wood cutting status before you leave to harvest fuelwood.