Stage 2 Fire Restrictions began June 11, 2021 and will remain in effect until the forest officials determine otherwise.
This is from directly from the Forest Service website. More links at the bottom.
Stage II fire restrictions prohibit the following:
- Igniting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material.
- Welding, or operating any acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
- Operating a chainsaw or other equipment operated by an internal combustion engine between the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Discharging a firearm, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal or tribal laws and regulations.
Exemptions to the restrictions include the following:
- Persons with a written Forest Service authorization specifically exempting them from the effect of this order.
- Persons using a stove or grill that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels.
- Persons operating generators with an approved spark arresting device in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the generator.
- Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty
DID YOU KNOW:
- Almost 85% of wildfires are Human caused.
- Campfires – either left unattended or smoldering
- Shooting – regardless of the calibre a missed target, a hit rock, a hot casing
- Large & Small Machinery – digging, grinding, hauling, mowing, cutting…the simplest action can cause the tiniest spark that you might not even see.
- Dragging Chains – a lot of trailers (RV, Car, Boat, U-Haul, etc…) have safety chains running to either side of the hitch and can easily drag be sure check the ground clearance so as not to cause sparks.
- Flat Tires & Hot Vehicles – sparks from the rim of a flat tire – vehicles pulled onto the shoulder/off the road can easily ignite the dry grasses.