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Posted by: thepinetree on 08/12/2020 04:32 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 08/12/2020 04:32 PM
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Record Number of Illegal Campfires Occurring Despite Fire Restrictions

Placerville, CA...Fire and law enforcement officers had another busy weekend contacting a record numbers of visitors about campfires they had made that are not allowed under the current fire restrictions in the Eldorado National Forest. “We are really excited to have so many new people visiting the forest for the first time,” said Forest Supervisor Jeff Marsolais. “Now more than ever, being outdoors is playing an important role in our lives. Our national forests are open and we want to welcome everyone to come out and enjoy them. But right now, traditional campfires are too much of a risk, given the weather conditions in California.”






What are the fire restrictions?

 

• Making a campfire, stove fire or barbeque with wood or charcoal is only allowed at developed recreation sites that are listed in the forest order. Typically, these designated sites are established campgrounds with numbered campsites, a metal fire ring, and a campground host.

 

• If you possess a California Campfire Permit (available online) you may use a gas-powered portable campfire pit, stove or lantern with an on/off switch, in an area cleared at least 3 feet by 3 feet.

 

• Making a campfire outside of a designated developed area, such as in a rock ring at a primitive dispersed campsite, is prohibited. The fine for making an illegal campfire is up to $5,000 for an individual, or $10,000 for an organization.

 

Did they see the signs?

 

Electronic message boards on forest roads, and on Highways 50, 88 and 89; bright yellow and red fire restrictions signs; and information boards throughout the forest alert visitors that campfires are not allowed. Either there is confusion because there are so many first time visitors or people are ignoring the signs. Please do your part. Recreate responsibly.

 

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Posted on: 2020-08-12 16:58:50   By: Anonymous
 
Lol, come on get a clue! Your dealing with people who feel that the rules do not apply to them!! Entitled! They pay no attention to, posted speed limits, texting while driving, DUI laws, littering, where not to camp, traffic lights, stay at home mandate, wear a mask mandate, get a clue!!!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-08-12 18:49:21   By: Anonymous
     
    That includes the homeless doing those very things.

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EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH!!!!!
Posted on: 2020-08-12 18:48:08   By: Anonymous
 
Excessive heat watch for The Mother Lode this weekend.

https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=CAZ067

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    Re: EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH!!!!!
    Posted on: 2020-08-12 18:55:26   By: Anonymous
     
    Way too many people in this area camping. Flatlanders go home!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-08-12 21:55:31   By: Anonymous
 
Somehow I don't think he's really that excited having so many more visitors.

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    Posted on: 2020-08-13 07:36:15   By: Anonymous
     
    I AM THE GOD OF HELL FIRE, AND I BRING YOU...........FIRE!!!!

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      Re: no subject
      Posted on: 2020-08-13 16:52:17   By: Anonymous
       
      I can remember when I went camping up at Highland Lakes in the summer of 1984 when I had a couple of days off. That's when both of my parents were still alive living in Dorrington. They both raised me the best they could (BTW, the laws of "free agency" goes in effect when one turns 18). One of the many things that they instilled in me as a child was to have respect for nature. In other words "what you pack in pack out" especially if there are no garbage receptacles nearby. Now, at this time, there are so many people who come up and I guess they don't know the concept of having respect for nature and trash these nice outdoor locations!

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