U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
For Release: June 21, 2007
Fire Restrictions Begin July 2 on Area Public Lands
With hot summer weather drying out vegetation and increasing wildfire risks, the Lassen National Forest, Modoc National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management announced that fire and wood cutting restrictions will go into effect Monday, July 2.
The restrictions on campfire use, off-road driving and smoking affect the forests and BLM-managed lands in Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Sierra, Shasta, Siskiyou and Washoe counties. The South Warner Wilderness Area on the Modoc National Forest is exempt from the restrictions.
Under the fire restrictions:
Exemptions to these restrictions include persons who have a permit, contract, or Forest Service approved plan of operations specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act. Please contact your local Forest Service or BLM office with questions about exemptions.
Fire officials also stressed that possession and use of fireworks, including those approved by the California State Fire Marshal’s Office, are never allowed in national forests, national parks or on BLM-managed public lands.
Firewood Cutting Restrictions
Woodcutting restrictions also go into effect on Monday, July 2 on the Lassen National Forest and on BLM public lands. These restrictions prohibit woodcutting after 1 p.m. (a provision referred to as “hoot owl”).
As the fire danger increases, woodcutting may be suspended across the area. Fire officials urged woodcutters are urged to cut firewood early.
In addition to these restrictions, officials at the Susanville Interagency Fire Center remind everyone that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection will suspend all residential burning permits on July 1.
Additional information on the safe use of fire outdoors or location of designated recreation sites is available by contacting any office of the Lassen or Modoc national forests, or the Surprise, Eagle Lake or Alturas BLM field offices.