Fire restrictions go into effect July 20 within the Plumas National Forest.
The public may not build, maintain, attend, or use a fire, campfire or stove fire except in designated recreation sites of the forest, even with a valid California campfire permit. Campfires must be built within agency installed and approved fire pits.
However, lanterns and portable stoves (including propane campfire units) using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel, are allowed as long as the forest visitor has a valid California campfire permit, which is available from www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/ or from Forest Service offices during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
No smoking is allowed except within an enclosed vehicle, building or designated recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame is allowed.
Some people may be exempt from these restrictions if they have been specifically allowed by the Forest Service via a permit or approved plan of operations, or if they are a member of any Federal, State, local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force on official duty.
Persons with a special use permit from the Forest Service for a recreation residence on the Forest are exempt, except for welding, while they are at their recreation residence.
Information about private land fire restrictions (regulated by the Cal Fire) may be found at: hwww.calfire.ca.gov.
Woodcutting is currently allowed within the Plumas National Forest if the daily fire indices permit. To determine if woodcutting is permitted on a given day, call (800) 847-7766 prior to cutting wood. A recorded message will notify woodcutters if the next day is hoot owl (no cutting after 1 p.m.), open all day (no restrictions), or no woodcutting allowed that day.
Call before 4:30 p.m. on the day you plan to cut as the message is updated for the following day at about that time.
Questions about fire restrictions, designated recreation sites and firewood cutting on the Plumas National Forest (public land) may be directed to local Plumas National Forest Service offices including:
—Supervisor’s Office – (530) 283-2050
—Beckwourth Ranger District (Portola/Milford area) – (530) 836-2575
—Feather River Ranger District (Oroville /Challenge area) – (530) 534-6500
—Mt. Hough Ranger District (Quincy/Greenville area) – (530) 283-0555
Other recreation information may be found at: fs.usda.gov/plumas.