YREKA, Calif. — The Klamath National Forest is enacting campfire restrictions to protect the health and safety of employees and communities. The restrictions prohibit igniting, building, maintaining or using a fire on the Klamath National Forest outside of open developed campgrounds, certain permitted facilities and wilderness areas.
Since 95 percent of all wildfires in California are human-caused, the Klamath National Forest is taking this necessary step to ensure that firefighters are available to safely respond to and manage incidents. With an above-normal fire season projected in much of California and the combined potential for wildfires and smoke to impact communities and firefighters, there is a need to reduce or eliminate this large ignition source and protect our firefighting resources.
“The public can contribute to the safety of communities and firefighters by complying with fire restrictions,” said Forest Supervisor Patricia Grantham. “Preventing human-caused fires will play an important role in ensuring public safety and preserving firefighting forces during the 2020 fire season. Please remember, as always, that one less spark could mean one less preventable wildfire.”
• Campfires and stove fires are only allowed in open developed campgrounds and wilderness areas. Campfire permits are not required in developed campgrounds. However, a free California campfire permit is required for all fires in the wilderness areas. These free permits may be obtained at https://www.readyforwildfire.org/permits/campfire-permit/.
• Smoking is only allowed within an enclosed vehicle or building, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
• Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame is prohibited.
• Internal combustion engines may not operate off paved, gravel or dirt National Forest System roads and trails, except boats on a water surface.
Exemptions to the restrictions include:
• Forest visitors with a valid California campfire permit will still be able to use pressurized liquid or gas devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) with shut-off valves, in an area at least five feet from any flammable materials. Barbeque grills using briquettes are not allowed.
Please see Forest Order 20-05-005 for additional details.
Since restrictions can vary by forest, visitors should contact the national forest they plan on visiting for the latest fire restrictions and conditions.
Questions may be directed to our virtual offices between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Klamath National Forest offices: Yreka Headquarters, (530) 598-3781; Goosenest Ranger District, (530) 398-5700; Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District, (530) 598-9310; Salmon River/Scott River Ranger District, (530) 643-1455.