Fire Regulations and Restrictions for the Plumas National Forest

Current Fire Restrictions:


Campfire permits are required for fires outside of designated recreation sites (not during fire restriction period), are available from Forest Service offices during normal business hours and at www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit.

For information about fire restrictions on private land, residents should contact their local California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE) or city offices.

For more information about fire restrictions, woodcutting and recreation opportunities or to locate local Plumas National Forest offices, visit the Plumas National Forest website at: www.fs.usda.gov/plumas.

 

Only You Can Prevent Wildfires

 

Campfire Permit Available online: Prevent Wildfire Campfire Permit

 

Fire Regulations:

Why have fire precautions and restrictions? 

 

Fire Restrictions may be enacted during the warm and dry months of summer.  Visitors are responsible for knowing current status.

Read the Fire Restriction FAQ’s

Please use fire wisely. 
Report wild fires by calling 911, include your location and any pertinent information.

 

Campfires

Campfires: No 'Fire Restriction' period

  • Developed Campgrounds -  Wood and charcoal fires are permitted within agency provided fire rings, no permit is needed.  Petroleum or gas stoves are allowed.
  • Picnic Areas - Wood and charcoal fires and stoves are permitted within agency provided fire rings.
  • Dispersed Recreation Sites -  Wood, charcoal fires and stoves are permitted with a valid California campfire permit.

Campfires: During 'Fire Restriction' period

  • Developed Campgrounds -  Wood and charcoal fires are permitted within agency provided fire rings, no permit is needed.  However, lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed as long as the forest visitor has a valid California Campfire Permit available from Forest Service offices during normal business hours (M-F; 8-4:30). .
  • Picnic Areas - Wood and charcoal fires and stoves are not permitted.
  • Dispersed Recreation Sites -  Wood and charcoal fires are not permitted, stoves are permitted with a valid California campfire permit.
  • Designated sites— when restrictions go in effect see list of sites in the Fire Restrictions Press Release or Forest Order.

Campfire Permits

 

Debris Burning

Burning of small piles of natural yard debris is allowed on private land during fall, winter and spring months in some communities.  A burn ban is imposed during summer months by Cal Fire.   If you are in an area that allows burning, it is imperative to know regulations, permit requirements and to burn responsibly.  Follow air quality regulations by finding out if it is permissible to burn (does not always correlate to fire danger).

Escaped debris burns are the #1 cause of person-caused fires locally.  Don’t burn when conditions are dry and windy.  Fires burn easily during these conditions--even in Fall/Winter/Spring.  You could be held civilly and criminally liable for damage caused by an escaped debris burn.  Suppression costs can be very expensive.  Click here for more information.

 

General Fire Information Before Your Visit

Fireworks

Fireworks are always prohibited on the Plumas National Forest.

Recreational Shooting --Hunting

Recreational shooting is allowed on the Plumas National Forest.  Please select your shooting areas responsibly, away from any population (at least 150 yards from occupied area, roads included).  It is illegal to shoot from a road, across as road or body of water.  Please pick up your spent cartridges/casings.  Tracer, armor piercing, steel core, and Teflon ammunitions are prohibited, as is discharging a firearm at any exploding target. 
Hunting is permitted, subject to California Fish & Game Regulations.

Smoking

No Fire Restrictions—allowed on NFS lands providing adequate extinguishment of burning materials.
During Fire Restrictions—No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated recreation site.

Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs)

An approved spark arrester is required for any internal combustion engine and must be operated on designated forest routes.

Gas Powered Generators/Internal Combustion Engines

An approved spark arrester is required for any internal combustion engine.

Woodcutting

Chainsaw use for fuel wood cutting requires a forest products permit.  Operations are sometimes curtailed during the summer months to eliminate equipment fires.  The Plumas National Forest lands are either open all day for chainsaw use, shutdown at 1 pm or closed all day.  Call (800) 847 7766 for current woodcutting information.

 Note: call before 4:30 pm on the day you plan to cut as the message is updated for the following day at about that time.

Click here for more information.

Commercial Operations:

Commercial Operations on federal lands require a Fire Plan; see your Contracting Officer or representative for information and actions required in your Fire Plan.  Report all fires.

Why have fire precautions and restrictions?

Accidentally caused fires have historically burned several hundreds to tens of thousands of acres of timberland and have destroyed several residences within the Plumas National Forest.  Fires cost money and threaten lives and property.  Fire suppression is expensive; impact of homes loss is almost incalculable.  Precautions and restrictions greatly reduce the risk of wildfire.  These are enforced by Federal and State fire laws.

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