News Release

For Release:  September 20, 2007
Contact:  Debra Hein, 760-872-5057
CA-CC-07-78 

Fire Restrictions Lifted for Eastern Sierra

Due to recent rainfall, cooler temperatures, and the subsequent reduction in the risk of wildfire, fire restrictions ontheInyo National Forest and BLM lands managed by the Bishop Field Office will be lifted as of September 21. Visitors are now allowed to build campfires and use charcoal grills. While fire restrictions have been lifted in these areas, wildfire is always a risk. Visitors are encouraged to use appropriate methods to contain fires, build them in areas free of vegetation, and to be certain that fires are completely extinguished after use.
 
At this time the Forest Service and the BLM are comfortable lifting the fire restrictions, however they urge the public to continue to use extreme caution with anything that could start a fire such as smoking, barbecues or campfires. They also remind people to follow good campfire etiquette – use an established fire ring away from dry grass and dead trees, keep a shovel and water handy, and always put campfires completely out every time you leave the camp.  Pour water on the ashes and stir until there is no smoke and ashes are cool to the touch. California Department of Forestry fire restrictions are still in effect on private and state-owned lands.  
 
For further information please call Debra Hein, fire mitigation specialist at (760) 872-5057. 
 
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