As of July 26, 2016, and until further notice, the following fire restrictions are in effect:
Campfires or charcoal fires are NOT allowed within the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument. The Forest Order banning campfire and charcoal fires is available at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/2016 Fire Restrictions.
Stoves and lanterns with shut-off valves that use pressurized gas, liquid fuel, or propane will be allowed if the operator possesses a valid California Campfire Permit. 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.
Smoking will be confined to enclosed vehicles or buildings, and other designated areas as listed in the ranger district exhibits. The ranger district exhibits are available at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/2016 Fire Restrictions.
Operating an internal combustion engine except on a properly designated National Forest System roads, trails or in designated areas as listed in the ranger district exhibits.
Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame is not permitted.
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.
In an effort to reduce the unusual volume of debris laying on the ground, which creates a fire hazard, the Forest Service is offering free wood permits for the rest of the summer. “As most people are aware, the combination of drought and insects have caused heavy tree mortality across the Forest,” said Forest Supervisor Kevin Elliott. “The personal use wood cutting program is one means for reducing the hazardous material on the ground, and we want to make that program as productive as possible.” Permits and location maps are available at the Hume Lake, Western Divide, Kern River Ranger stations, Lake Isabella Office and the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Porterville.