Stanislaus National Forest has updated
Fire Restrictions
as of October 22, 2021
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Forest Supervisor's Office

Phone services Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Groveland Ranger District

Front desk is OPEN
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Calaveras Ranger District

Front desk is OPEN
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Summit Ranger District

Front desk is OPEN
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Closed federal holidays

Stanislaus National Forest Adjusts Fire Restrictions

Sonora, Calif. — October 21, 2021.  A combination of recent rain, snow, and cooler temperatures has reduced the fire danger within portions of the Stanislaus National Forest, enabling an adjustment to the fire restrictions that were put into place across the entire Forest back in August.

High elevation (low fire hazard) areas on the Forest will no longer have any fire restrictions beginning tomorrow, October 22, 2021.  Within the Moderate and High Fire Hazard Areas, some restrictions will remain in place until additional moisture is received.   While no recreational shooting may take place, visitors with a valid California hunting license may continue their fall hunting activities.  Campfires are now allowed within open Developed Recreation Sites specifically listed in the new Forest Orders.  Please refer to the two new Forest Orders (STF-16-2021-13 pertaining to the High Hazard Areas and STF-16-2021-14 for the Moderate Hazard Areas) for additional information. 

Forest Supervisor Jason Kuiken shares ‘we are grateful for our visitor efforts to help us prevent new fire starts on the Stanislaus National Forest over the past few weeks when conditions were extremely dry and available fire-fighting resources were very limited.  We still have a need for some restrictions but remain hopefully that the incoming weather will allow us to completely lift our remaining fire restrictions soon.’

Visitors are reminded to remain aware of their surroundings on the Forest as conditions can deteriorate rapidly this time of the year. 

October 2021 Know Before You Go! Weather is changing quickly. Check Caltrans for information about Highway conditions. You can also find information by visiting the Caltrans Facebook page.  

Stanislaus National Forest is soliciting public comment on proposed fee changes to recreation sites for maintenance and infrastructure improvement. The Forest is proposing to charge new or increased fees at 31 developed recreation sites to conduct deferred maintenance and make improvements to enhance visitor enjoyment. More information on the Recreation Fee Proposal process including maps of sites included in the proposal package is available here. Public comments on the proposed fee changes to the developed recreation program must be submitted by close of business on November 30, 2021. Information on ways to submit comments is available here.

CAL FIRE suspended dooryard burning permits (residential burn piles) effective 5/2. Contact your local fire agency or CAL FIRE for more information.

Prescribed burn plans announced for the Experimental Forest and Mi-Wok Ranger District: News releases for prescribed burn plans on South Fork on the Mi-Wok Ranger District and the Experimental Forest on the Summit Ranger District are located in the News & Alerts section of the website. In addition, maps for both burn notices are included with the news release.

May 4, 2021—Lumsden Road accessible weekdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and weekends from 7 a.m. to dusk. Be prepared for construction delays.  Read more about the Mountain Tunnel Improvements Project.

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October 22, 2021 Adjusted Fire Restrictions: Temporary Fire Restrictions Moderate and High Hazard Areas (STF-16-2021-13 and STF16-2021-14)

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Forest Supervisor's Notes


Photo of Jason KuikenForest Supervisor Jason Kuiken believes there is nothing more critical to maintaining good relationships than communication. Residents, communities and ranger districts share a dedication to keeping the forest healthy, but sometimes Forest Service procedures and actions may not be clearly understood by those outside the agency. Jason is committed to engaging the community by sharing information about some of the actions being undertaken on the forest. Jason will post a series of notes highlighting some of the vital activities that go into regaining a healthy forest. Read Jason's notes.


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