Fire restrictions for the Stanislaus National Forest have been lifted because of cooler, wetter weather and predictions of stable or cooling conditions into the future.
This will allow the public to build campfires outside established administrative sites within the forest for the purpose of warming, U.S. Forest Service officials said, but visitors are reminded there is still a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection statewide ban on debris burning in effect. Free fire permits, along with fire safety information, are available at any Forest Service visitor information office.
“The longer nights and shorter days have lowered our fire danger indices,” said Deputy Forest Fire Management Officer Robert Laeng in a news release. “Though fire restrictions are being lifted, overall forest conditions are still dry and forest visitors should continue to be vigilant with fire safety.”
Forest personnel continue to find unattended campfires, which require prevention action. Though natural causes account for more than half of wildfires in the Stanislaus National Forest, fires started by people also are a major source.
For more forest information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus. To speak with a visitor information specialist, call the Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 209-532-3671, the Calaveras Ranger District at 209-795-1381, the Groveland district at 209-962-7825, the Mi-Wok district at 209-586-3234 or the Summit district at 209-965-3434.