The Forest Service today announced that, because of high fire danger, effective Saturday, June 22, 2013, a Forest Order enacting temporary fire restrictions will go into effect in High Hazard Areas of the Stanislaus National Forest (NF).
The fire restriction prohibits campfires and briquette barbecue use outside developed campgrounds in designated High Hazard Areas of the Forest and smoking is severely restricted. Welding and blasting also are prohibited, except by special permit. Forest Supervisor Susan Skalski noted, “A low snow pack, drying winds and recent hot temperatures have caused tinder-dry conditions in the forest and provided ready fuels for possible wildfires. This Forest Order serves as an extra measure to help reduce the potential for large and damaging wildfires. We are asking the public's cooperation in helping us prevent destructive fires before they start.”
Central Sierra Avalanche Advisory
This advisory covers the central Sierra Nevada between Yuba Pass on the north and Sonora Pass on the south. It applies to backcountry areas outside of developed ski areas only, and is updated daily during winter storm cycles.