The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is enacting fire restrictions until further notice to protect the health and safety of employees and communities. Outside of developed campgrounds and certain permitted facilities, igniting, building, maintaining or using a fire on national forests in California will be prohibited.
Forest Service officials are taking this necessary step to ensure that firefighters are available to safely respond and manage incidents. 95 percent of all wildfires in California are human caused.
With the above-normal fire season projected in much of California, and the combined potential for wildfires and smoke to impact communities and firefighters, we need to reduce or eliminate this large ignition source and protect our firefighting resources.
“We know that having a campfire is a traditional part of camping for many families. With that in mind, you will still be able to have a campfire at developed campgrounds and day use sites,” stated acting Forest Fire Management Officer James Courtright. “You will also be able to have a campfire on the shorelines of Shasta, Trinity and Iron Canyon Reservoirs, within ten feet from the water’s edge and at least 50 feet from vegetation. Campfires will also be allowed in the five designated Wilderness Areas on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The sites where you can no longer have a campfire are previous years’ fire safe sites and dispersed camping areas.”
With a valid California Campfire Permit, forest visitors may use a portable campfire pit, stove or lantern that uses gas, kerosene, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel, with a shut-off valve, in an area at least five feet from any flammable materials. Campfire permits are available online: http://permit.preventwildfiresca.org
Please call your local ranger station if you have further questions. Station phone lines are being answered and the numbers and link to the fire restriction order #14-20-04 are on our website at: www.fs.usda.gov/stnf.
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