PLACERVILLE — Fire restrictions took effect in the Eldorado National Forest beginning June 14, stated a prepared statement from U.S. Forest Service Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. Campfires and charcoal barbecues will be restricted to designated recreation sites, and other fire related activities will be prohibited until the end of fire season.
“Drought conditions have resulted in the Forest drying out faster than normal, and we have reached the point where fire restrictions need to be implemented,” Crabtree said. “I anticipate that this will be a very active fire season and urge forest visitors to do their part in protecting their forest.”
Legal descriptions of the fire restrictions and a list of exempted areas are displayed on the Eldorado National Forest Website at fs.usda.gov/eldorado.
Beginning June 14, the following acts are prohibited within the Eldorado National Forest Fire Restriction Area, until the end of the 2014 fire season:
Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this order:
These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFR Part 261, Subpart A.
A violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.
For additional information contact Kristi Schroeder, acting public affairs officer, Eldorado NF, 100 Forni Road, Placerville, 95667; by e-mail at [email protected]; or by phone at 530-295-5610.