The USDA Forest Service reports that fire restrictions will begin on July 14 on the Eldorado National Forest.

They said wood and charcoal fires will be restricted to designated recreation sites and will be prohibited until the end of the fire season. Gas or propane fires will be allowed with a free 2018 California campfire permit.

The Stanislaus National Forest will also begin fire restrictions on July 14, in the Moore Creek area along the North Fork of the Mokelumne River.

Fire restrictions on National Forest System Lands will include:

•    No wood or charcoal fires are allowed outside of exempted recreation sites (see Forest Order) even with a valid campfire permit.   
•    No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building or exempted recreation site.
•    Operating a welding or other torch with an open flame is prohibited. 
•    Operating an internal combustion engine without a properly operating spark arrestor is prohibited.
•    Lanterns and portable stoves using gas, kerosene, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed with a valid 2018 California Campfire Permit available at http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit or from Forest Service offices during normal business hours.
•    Those with a valid 2018 wood cutting permit may cut firewood in compliance with the terms of their permit.

For more information, visit this link at: www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado.

Motor vehicles will be allowed only on designated National Forest System roads, routes, trails and areas as identified by the Eldorado National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map (http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/enf/maps).

Questions about fire restrictions can be directed to local Eldorado National Forest Service Offices here:

Supervisor's Office, (530) 622-5061 
Pacific Ranger District (530) 644-2349 
Placerville Ranger District, (530) 644-2324 
Georgetown Ranger District, (530) 333-4312 
Amador Ranger District, (209) 295-4251

(The USDA Forest Service contributed to this report).