Fire Restrictions Go Back into Effect on the Eldorado National Forest

Contact(s): Jennifer Chapman, 530 957-9660

An extended forecast of dry weather and concern expressed by the public in the aftermath of the Butte Fire have prompted Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree to put fire restrictions back into effect on the Eldorado National Forest, beginning Friday, October 16, 2015.

"This is a risk management decision," said Crabtree. "More back country use during hunting season means more campfires. It only takes one irresponsible person to start a destructive wildfire."

Fire restrictions for recreational use will not affect the forest prescribed fire program.  When weather and air quality are favorable, prescribed fire projects will be implemented.  "Prescribed fires are closely watched. There's a big difference between an abandoned campfire in a remote area and controlled prescribed fire operations with engines, dozers, and water tenders on hand," Crabtree explained.

The 249-acre Lost Horse Prescribed Fire is taking place today near Lumberyard on the Amador Ranger District, and the Iron Trap Prescribed Fire along Mormon Emigrant Trail is planned for later this week on the Placerville Ranger District. Forest visitors travelling along Highway 50 or Highway 88 and those living or recreating in the vicinity may see or smell smoke from these projects but should not be alarmed. Prescribed fires are part of a strategy to prevent destructive wildfires.

Campfires will still be allowed in some developed recreation sites. These sites are listed in the Forest Order which will be posted on the forest website: For more information on camping and other recreational opportunities, contact the Eldorado National Forest at 530-622-5061.