Cleveland National Forest sets fire restrictions at ‘elevated’
Due to drier fuel conditions, higher temperatures and the likelihood of a small fire becoming large, Cleveland National Forest officials have set fire restrictions at the “elevated” levels.
Fire restrictions are implemented only when deemed necessary to help prevent wildfires, states a news release from the forest service.
Under Elevated restrictions, the forest service restricts activities that have historically caused wildfires on the forest. Additionally, the forest may close some areas that are prone to the ignition of wildfires.
Elevated Fire Restrictions include the following:
•Fireworks are not allowed on the Cleveland National Forest.
•Spark arrestors are required for all off-highway vehicles, chainsaws and other internal combustion equipment.
•Welding, grinding, cutting, the use of explosives and other activities requiring a special use authorization may be restricted.
•No wood or charcoal fires are allowed except in identified developed campgrounds and developed picnic areas with designated fire rings.
•Gas, liquid and jelly petroleum fueled stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds, developed picnic areas and other areas with a proper permit, except for remote camping areas on the Descanso and Palomar Ranger District, and the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness Area on the Trabuco Ranger District.
•Discharge of firearms is prohibited on the forest except for hunting during the designated hunting season as established by the California Department of Fish and Game. Target shooting is only allowed within designated areas on the forest.
•Discharging a firearm using the following ammunition is never allowed on the Cleveland National Forest to include hunting seasons: Steel core, armor piercing and tracer ammunition.
•Smoking is allowed only in an enclosed vehicle that is within developed recreation sites.
The daily Fire Danger Rating System and the fire restrictions level are posted and updated on the Cleveland National Forest web site at www.fs.usda.gov/cleveland. Information is also available by contacting the Palomar Ranger District in Ramona at 760-788-0250.
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