Press Release from the Sierra National Forest

U.S. Forest Service
Pacific Southwest Region
Sierra National Forest
1600 Tollhouse Rd. Clovis, CA 93611
Web:
www.fs.usda.gov/sierra

PRESS RELEASE

A Labor Day safety message from the Sierra National Forest

CLOVIS, CA August 31, 2017– With the Labor Day Weekend upon us, a visit to the Sierra National Forest (NF) will be celebrated by visitors for a final weekend of summer recreation. Activities such as camping, backpacking, and picnicking in the great outdoors will be enjoyed, along with blue skies and sunshine.

We urge safety and preparedness when traveling in wildland areas. Remember, Know Before You Go.

The Sierra NF would like everyone to remember these important steps this Labor Day holiday:

Hazard Tree Awareness:

  • The Sierra National Forest has experienced extensive tree mortality.
  • While a great deal of work has been accomplished, dead and dying trees remain.
  • Look Up, Look Down, Look Around before parking or setting up camp.
  • Drive cautiously. Watch for road hazards including trees that have fallen.

Under Forest Order 05-15-00-17-16 the following is prohibited in fire danger areas 528-529 in the Sierra National Forest except in areas listed as exempt: Wood or charcoal fire will be prohibited in dispersed camping locations, and designated day use areas, in the listed fire danger areas.

Camping:

  • Campfire restrictions are in place. Check at Visitor Centers for more information.
  • If campfires are allowed, obtain a campfire permit.
  • Clear away grass, leaves and other debris within 5 feet of campfire or BBQ.
  • Have a responsible person in attendance at all times.
  • Ensure all campfires are completely extinguished before leaving.
  • When barbequing, never leave the grill unattended.
  • Children near open flame should always be supervised by a responsible adult.

Traveling:

  • Safe towing: dragging chains will throw sparks.
  • Be wheel safe: Check tire pressure before leaving home.

For more ways to be safe during Memorial Day please visit www.PreventWildfireCA.org

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