It looks like the fire at South Lake Tahoe has made an impact. Severe fire restrictions have gone up nearly everywhere. Don’t plan on a campfire or even a BBQ if you are going out to visit the public lands.
The 26 June PSA Fire Restrictions Go Into Effect for Eastern Sierra describes restrictions that are going to make an impact on the SNU Obsidian Dome rally July 19 to July 22, 2007. Here’s the rub:
The following restrictions will be in effect until further notice:
• NO CAMPFIRES or briquette barbeques allowed outside of developed recreation sites and specifically posted campsites or areas, and resorts, pack stations, recreation residences and other sites operated under special use permits with the Forest Service or BLM. Portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel are exempt from this restriction (with valid campfire permit).
• NO SMOKING except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
• NO WELDING or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.
• NO USE OF EXPLOSIVES, except by permit.
The restrictions will suspend open campfires except in designated campgrounds throughout the Forest and BLM lands. A list of designated campgrounds is available at any Inyo National Forest Ranger Station or Interagency Visitor Center. If hot, dry weather conditions continue, the restriction on campfires could be extended to include all of the wilderness areas.
The Reno Gazette Journal also has stories about this. “Great Basin National Park officials began enforcing new fire rules at 8 a.m. Friday.” And the state parks are also being put under severe restrictions.
State officials are increasing fire restrictions at parks because of the high potential for wildfires.
In addition to current rules at the state’s 24 parks, visitors to the following parks are not allowed to have open fires even in designated picnic and campground areas:
This one might also impact the SNU Rally planned for the Carson River Ranches. They are also more restrictive in that smoking is inside only.
Violations can result in a fine of up to $10,000 and a year in jail, as well as the costs associated with damage, suppression costs and injuries, officials said.
More than 225 fires have already burned more than 12,000 acres in Nevada this year.
If you plan on camping, don’t plan on a campfire or even a BBQ – maybe, just perhaps, in a developed campground with well designed fire pits. Just don’t plan on it. The woods are dry and the conditions are ripe for a fire that will turn a spark into a raging inferno in no time flat.