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BLM Bishop and Inyo NF Announce Fire Restrictions

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Mount Whitney - Inyo National Forest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Effective Friday, June 28, the Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office and the Inyo National Forest are implementing fire restrictions.

The restrictions are in effect on all BLM public lands managed by the Bishop Field Office and all Inyo National Forest lands, including wilderness areas.

“Ongoing drought conditions, well below average rain and snowfall this past winter and warmer than average temperatures have led to very dry conditions for this time of year,” said Inyo National Forest Supervisor, Ed Armenta. “We are experiencing very high fire danger and continued hot and dry weather patterns here in the eastern Sierra.”

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Sequoia Forest Plan Meetings Set

The first public meetings were held in February 2013 for anyone interested in learning more about the Forest Plan Revision process. Each workshop consisted of presentations and opportunities for questions regarding the Forest Plan revision process.

Two public workshops and a webinar scheduled to be held in July 2013. These meetings will build on conversations from earlier meetings and allow participants to discuss the forest assessment topics in greater detail with members of the Sequoia forest plan revision team.

Tuesday, July 9th, Forest Supervisor's Office, 1839 So. Newcomb St., Porterville 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 10th, Webinar (for those unable to attend a meeting), 10:00 a.m.-noon. Thursday, July 11th, Kernville Elementary School, 13350 Sierra Way, Kernville, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
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Fire restrictions set for Sequoia National Forest and Monument

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Beginning June 26, no campfires will be allowed anywhere on the forest. Stoves and lanterns with shut-off valves that use gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel will be allowed only in authorized campsites if the operator possesses a valid California Campfire Permit.  A list of these authorized locations is available online here. The list includes most campsites, the Jennie Lakes Wilderness, the Golden Trout Wilderness, and the Dome Land Wilderness. Campfire permits and a list of areas allowing stoves on the Sequoia National Forest may also be obtained at Forest Service visitor information desks. When using a stove, remember to clear all flammable material five feet in all directions from the stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times when in use.

Operating an internal combustion engine outside properly designated roads or trails, welding, and using explosives will all be strictly prohibited during these increased restrictions. If riding a motorized vehicle on trails, ensure your engine is tuned, operating properly, and has an approved spark arrester. Smoking will only be allowed in enclosed vehicles and within authorized recreation sites.

Brent Skaggs, Forest Fire Management Officer, stated, “Forest fuel moisture is at a level we usually don’t see until much later in the summer, and it will take everyone’s diligence to prevent wildfires.”

These restrictions will remain in place until the end of the fire season, normally in late autumn.   Anyone causing a wildfire could be liable for all costs associated with suppressing the fire. Visitors to Forest Service and adjacent BLM and Park Service lands need to carefully follow each agency’s current fire restrictions.  If you spot a fire, call 911.

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Fire Restrictions set to Increase on San Bernardino National Forest

San Bernardino, Calif., June 20, 2013 - As the seasonal fire danger rises, forest officials are increasing fire use restrictions on the San Bernardino National Forest on Friday, June 28, 2013.

This past winter the forest experienced less than average winter snow and rainfall as a result of the second year of a drought, and the seasonal outlook again expects a warmer and drier summer this year with below average summer "monsoonal" rains, which could create the potential for large fires.

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Forest Service Releases Bio-Regional Assessment

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The draft assessment addresses water quality and quantity, fire resilience, sustainable recreation, ecological integrity and community resilience. The Forest Service says residents can weigh in and comment on the assessment. Further information on the plan can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/landmanagement/planning/?cid=STELPRDB5420599

 

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Inyo Topic Papers review and comment extended

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Hot Creek (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Inyo National Forest is extending the public review and feedback for the Forest Plan Revision Assessment “topic papers” through September 1, 2013.

It was previously announced that the topic papers were available for public review and feedback through June 30, 2013.

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