There have been some new orders coming out of the National Forest, bring changes to fire restrictions and recreational camping that are effective for the next two years.
The first order prohibits all wood and charcoal fires in any area of the National Forest that is not in a designated camp site, regardless of campfire permits. The exceptions is: "However, persons with a valid California Campfire permit may use portable lanterns or stoves using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel." This is, of course, with the necessary clearances and safety precautions. Please find the order attached.
The second order refers to recreational camping, which has been pretty prevalent in our area. The following is now prohibited... also, for the next two years:
a. in a developed campground, for a period longer than 14 consecutive days or for more than 28 days during a calendar year; or
b. anywhere other than a developed campground, for a period longer than seven consecutive days or for more than 21 days during a calendar year.
Please note this is not a call to police the area for compliance or violations, but to let the community know of what the current status is. There has been a lot of ambiguity over what is allowed and not, these orders offer some clarification. It has been noted that not only staffing, but enforcement is and will be an issue. Please find the camping order also attached.