Great news for those of us still hiking and camping in autumn in the Mount Shasta area: campfires allowed. (Go here for advice on fall hiking and backpacking.)
Here we have it straight from STNF headquarters:
REDDING, Calif. – At midnight September 24, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest withdrew fire restrictions that have been in place throughout the summer. Forest visitors may once again have open campfires outside of developed campgrounds, providing they are in possession of a valid California Campfire Permit and apply appropriate safety measures.
“Cooler temperatures, higher humidity, shorter days and recent precipitation have reduced the threat of extreme fire danger levels across the forest,” Lance Noxon, Fire Management Officer said.
Forest visitors are cautioned to continue to be careful with campfires as the forest vegetation remains relatively dry in many areas.
California Campfire Permits for backpackers and campers can be obtained prior to visiting the Forest. These permits are available to visitors at no charge from any National Forest, Bureau of Land Management or CAL FIRE office.
Terms of the California Campfire Permit include:
- Clear all flammable material away from the fire for a minimum of five feet in all directions to prevent escape of the fire.
- Have a shovel available at the campfire site for preparing and extinguishing campfires.
- Have a responsible person in attendance at all times.
- Extinguish campfire with water, using the drown, stir and feel method.
Additionally, keep in mind that:
- On private land you must have written permission from the landowner for campfire use.
- Many high-country areas prohibit wood fires to protect scarce vegetation. Check with your local Ranger station for restrictions that may apply.
- If you smoke outside a vehicle, be sure you do so within a cleared area at least three feet in diameter.
For more information about the Shasta-Trinity National Forest please visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/stnf.