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June 15, 2018 9:05 AM

Wildfire Danger is HIGH

WILDFIRE DANGER IS HIGH, STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS ARE IN PLACE

Under Stage 1 restrictions, open fires are prohibited, except in permanent fire pits or fire grates in developed campgrounds. Explosives and fireworks are also prohibited under Stage 1 restrictions.

Stage 1 fire restrictions prohibit building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire. An open fire is defined as any outdoor fire, including but not limited to campfires, warming fires, bonfires or prescribed burns of any material. Smoking is prohibited, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

Fires are allowed in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed recreation sites, such as campgrounds and picnic areas. Also allowed are portable stoves and lanterns that use gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel, and fully enclosed sheepherder stoves with one-quarter-inch spark arrester screens.

Under Stage 1 restrictions, chainsaw operators must use a properly functioning USDA or SAE approved spark arrester and have a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher and round-point shovel readily available for use. Any outdoor welding or operation of an acetylene or other torch with an open flame is prohibited, except in a cleared area with a diameter of at least 10 feet; a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher must be readily available for use.

Stage 1 fire restrictions allow for the use of charcoal grills, gas grills and chimeneas on private property. Charcoal grills and barbecues are not allowed on U.S. Forest Service land, including campgrounds and picnic areas.

Professional fireworks displays are allowed, if permitted by the local fire authority.

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