Regional Forest Extends Emergency Fire Restrictions to Oct. 15

Regional Order No. 20-21
USDA Forest Service
Pacific Southwest Region
Emergency Fire Restrictions

Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(a), and to provide for public safety and  protect natural resources, the following acts are prohibited on National Forest System lands within the Pacific Southwest Region. This Order is effective from October 9, 2020, through October 15, 2020.

1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(a).
2. Smoking. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(c). Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:

1. Persons with Forest Service Permit No. FS-7700-48 (Permit for Use of Roads, Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation or Order),  specifically exempting them from this Order.
2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.
3. Persons using a portable lantern or stove using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel within a Developed Recreation Site.

These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions contained in 36 C.F.R. Part 261, Subpart A.

A violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both. (6 U.S.C. § 551 and 18 U.S.C. §§ 3559, 3571, and 3581.)

Done at Vallejo, California, this 7th day of October, 2020.

Regional Forester
Pacific Southwest Region


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