Can I go camping while Forest Use Restrictions are in place?
Yes, although care and caution should be taken when camping at any time of the year. Check before you go camping with the local Ranger Station for current information about what facilities are open and what uses or areas are restricted or closed.
What is a Red Flag Warning/Fire Weather Watch?
A Red Flag Warning/Fire Weather Watch is issued by the National Weather Service for windy or dry weather that could promote large wildfires should an ignition occur. Typically fire departments increase fire prevention and suppression staffing levels during these periods. These warnings usually last for just a few days until the conditions change or subside. A Red Flag Warning does not necessarily mean that the Forest is closed to the public, but again always check with your local Ranger Station for current Forest Use Restrictions when planning your visit. “Know Before you Go”
What will happen if I violate Forest Use Restrictions?
You could be issued a violation notice for failing to adhere to current Forest Use Restrictions. You may also be charged for wildfire suppression costs. Violation of these regulations are a Federal offense punishable as a Class B misdemeanor, by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months or both. 16 USC 551, and 18 USC 3559 and 3571.
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