Modoc National Forest

USDA Forest Service

News Release

July 22. 2008, Altura CA.

Fire Restrictions Begin on Modoc NF Friday

Alturas … Vegetation on the Modoc National Forest is drying and wildfire risk is increasing.  As a result, the Forest will enter fire restrictions, Fri., July 25.  These restrictions included campfire use, off-road driving, and smoking outside of designated recreation areas.  (If you are unsure if your favorite site is a “Designated Recreation Site,” call or visit a forest office.) The South Warner Wilderness Area and the Big Sage Fire

Management Unit are exempt from the restrictions.

The fire restrictions are:

1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, except in Designation Recreation Sites.

2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or a building, with the Designated Recreation Site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren of all flammable material

3.Welding, or operating an acetylene, or other torch with an open flame.

4. Using an explosive.

5. Operating an internal combustion engine, except for a motor vehicle outside of a Designated Recreation Site.

6. Possessing or using a motor vehicle off National Forest System roads or outside of a Designated Recreation Site.

Firewood cutting on the Modoc National Forest is tied to daily fire danger levels.  Woodcutters must call the forest at (530) 233-8819 or check the fire danger levels posted at forest offices before cutting wood.  As the fire danger increases, woodcutting may be suspended across the Forest.

Fire officials urge woodcutters to cut firewood early.

For more information about fire restrictions, please call the Modoc National Forest at (530) 233-5811, the Doublehead Ranger District at (530) 667-2246, the Big Valley Ranger District at (530) 299-3215, or the Warner Mountain Ranger District at (530) 279-6116.