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Plumas National Forest Fire Restrictions Start May 21

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From the U.S. Forest Service:

Fire restrictions will go into effect on May 21, 2014 within the Plumas National Forest (public land) according to Earl Ford, Forest Supervisor.

Fire Restrictions
*    No open fires, campfires or charcoal fires will be allowed outside of designated areas (see attached list) even with a valid California Campfire Permit.  Bucks Lake Wilderness is included in this restriction. However, lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed as long as the forest visitor has a valid California Campfire Permit available from Forest Service offices during normal business hours (M-F; 8-4:30). 
*    No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated recreation site.
*    Internal combustion engines are restricted to National Forest system roads, routes, trails, and areas as identified on the Plumas National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map. Cross-country travel between roads, routes, trails, and areas is prohibited; trail riders are urged to be careful.

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. Additionally, any Federal, State, local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of official duty would be exempt. 

For information about private land fire restrictions (regulated by the CA Department of Forestry & Fire Protection) call 530-310-2226.

Woodcutting
Woodcutting is currently allowed within the Plumas National Forest (public land) 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 pm), open all day (no restrictions), or no woodcutting allowed that day.  Note: call before 4:30 pm on the day you plan to cut as the message is updated for the following day at about that time. Hot and dry weather is expected to continue through summer and early fall resulting in increased fire danger.  Woodcutters are urged to cut firewood now while conditions permit.

Questions about fire restrictions, designated recreation sites, motor vehicle use 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 and Mt. Hough Ranger District (Quincy/Greenville area), (530) 283-0555.  A list of designated recreation sites is also available on the internet along with the Motor Vehicle Use Map at: http://fs.usda.gov/plumas .

Key Points:
1.    Plumas National Forest (public land) fire restrictions will go into effect on May 21, 2014.  Campfires allowed in designated areas only.
2.    Woodcutting may be allowed depending on the daily fire danger; call (800) 847-7766 before 4:30 pm daily.
3.    Information about private land fire restrictions contact CAL FIRE at: 530-310-2226.

From the U.S. Forest Service
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