Fire use restrictions for Six Rivers National Forest take effect Monday, as announced by acting Forest Supervisor Mike Minton on Friday.
“Conditions on the National Forest have transitioned to a point in the season where we are at a greater risk of wildfires becoming more difficult to contain,” Minton said in a statement. “While lightning is the number one cause of wildland fire on the Six Rivers National Forest, human-caused fires are a major concern.”
The fire restrictions will:
• Limit open campfires to Developed Recreation Sites and Designated Fire Safe Sites (see listing below).
• Limit smoking to enclosed vehicles, buildings, Developed Recreation Sites and within Designated Fire Safe Sites.
• Prohibit the use of internal combustion engines except on National Forest System roads or designated trails.
• Prohibit welding or operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame.
• Prohibit use of explosives.
Exemptions to the restrictions include:
• With a valid California campfire permit, the use of lanterns or portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid is allowed. Barbecue grills using briquettes are not allowed.
• With a valid fuel-wood cutting permit, a chain saw can be operated for fuel-wood gathering within the terms of the permit.
The Developed Recreation Sites on the Smith River NRA/Gasquet Ranger District are: Patrick Creek, Grassy Flat, Panther Flat, Big Flat and North Fork Campgrounds.
The Designated Fire Safe Sites on the Smith River NRA/Gasquet RD are: Bear Basin Lookout Campsite, Pappas Flat, Madrona River Access, Chimney Flat and Flat Camp.
For a list of sites on other ranger districts or for more information on fire restrictions, contact any of the National Forest offices including Gasquet, 707-457-3131.