is to provide the highest level of service to
safeguard life, resources, and property from
through practical prevention & aggressive fire suppression.
The 2023 Fire Season
Current Public Use Restriction Level: LOW
THE 2023 FIRE SEASON IS IN EFFECT
JUNE 9, 2023 @ 12:01 AM
PUBLIC USE RESTRICTIONS EFFECTIVE
JUNE 9, 2023
Prohibited At All Times
Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and at other designated locations.
EXPLODING TARGETS & TRACER AMMUNITION
DEBRIS BURNING- INCLUDING DEBRIS PILES AND BURN BARRELS
Only At Designated Sites
Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires, and warming fires, except at designated sites. Charcoal and pellet BBQs are allowed at residential home sites that are fully developed, landscaped, and maintained when used in a cleared area that is free of flammable vegetation. A charged garden hose or one 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher must be immediately available. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed elsewhere. The use of portable appliances such as camp stoves and fire pits using liquified or bottled fuels are allowed in clear areas free of flammable vegetation. The following is required where open fires and appliances are allowed; one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2 ½ pound fire extinguisher.
OFF-ROAD DRIVING ALLOWED WITH LANDOWNER PERMISSION
Motor Vehicles including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, are only allowed on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except for the cultivation and harvest of agricultural crops. In addition, each passenger vehicle traveling on forestlands, except on state highways, county roads, and driveways must have an axe, a shovel and one gallon of water or a 2 ½ pound or larger ABC fire extinguisher. ATV's must have a 2 ½ pound or larger ABC fire extinguisher.
RESTRICTED AT ALL TIMES
Electric fence controller in use shall be listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services and be operated in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
ALLOWED ALL DAY
Non-Industrial Power Saw Use: When allowed, each saw being used must have a shovel and a fire extinguisher of at least 8 ounce capacity. A firewatch of at least one hour is required following the use of each saw. Cutting, Grinding, or Welding of Metal: When allowed, is restricted to areas that are cleared of flammable materials and a charged garden hose or a 2 ½ pound or larger ABC fire extinguisher must be immediately available. Cutting, Trimming or Mowing of Dried, Cured Grass The use of battery or electric string trimmers and the culture and harvest of agricultural crops is exempt from this requirement. Power Driven Machinery not specifically mentioned above and used for any non-industrial improvement or development on private property is restricted. Each piece of equipment must have a shovel and a 2 ½ pound or larger ABC fire extinguisher. A one hour fire watch is required once work has completed for the day.