Fire restrictions lifted

The Forest Service said Friday that because of shorter days, cooler weather and higher humidity, fire restrictions in effect since June 25 are being lifted within the high hazard and moderate hazard areas of the Stanislaus National Forest.

Visitors may now use wood, charcoal or gas fires or stoves outside of developed campgrounds as long as they possess a valid California campfire permit and follow the permit regulations. But officials said conditions in most of the forest are very dry, and the fire season remains in effect.