Campfire and smoking restrictions will be implemented for areas 5,000 feet and below in the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument, beginning June 21 through November 30.
During fire restrictions, the following is prohibited 5,000 feet and below within the Sequoia National Forest, except in designated areas identified as exempt. Visit www.fs.usda.gov/sequoia/ Alerts and Notices for a list of exempt areas.
· No Campfires or charcoal fires are allowed, except, in designated campgrounds and areas listed as “Exempt Areas” in the Forest Order exhibits.
· No Smoking is permitted, except within enclosed vehicles or buildings, developed recreation sites and other designated areas listed in the Forest Order exhibits.
· Operating an internal combustion engine off of properly designated roads or trails and welding are all strictly prohibited during the increased fire restriction period.
· Fireworks, exploding targets, tracer rounds and other incendiary ammunition or devices are not allowed in the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument at any time. This includes sparklers and so-called safe and sane fireworks.
Visitors, with a valid California Campfire Permit, may use portable stoves and lanterns with shut-off valves, using pressurized gas, liquid fuel, or propane in the general forest areas. Forest visitors must clear all flammable material five feet in all directions from their camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times when in use.
Violation of these fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of no more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization or incarceration for not more than six months, or both.
Human-caused fires can be prevented. One less spark can mean one less wildfire. Do your part to prevent wildfires. To learn more visit www.preventwildfireca.org/one-less-spark-one-less-wildfire.
Forest visitors are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” and call ahead to the local ranger station for local conditions, regulations and bans. For more information contact your local ranger station or visit the Sequoia National Visitors can also follow us on Twitter at @sequoiaforest,"Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SequoiaNF and the OnCell app at Sequoia.oncell.com