Due to recent wildfires, prevailing high temperatures and ongoing combustion threat levels, Cleveland National Forest will operate under elevated fire restrictions beginning Monday, the U.S. Forest Service announced
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Stricter rules going into effect include:
— requiring spark arrestors for all off-road vehicles, chain saws and other internal combustion equipment;
— welding, grinding, cutting and use of explosives on forest land will require authorization by USFS officials;
— wood or charcoal fires will be allowed only in designated fire rings in officially designated campgrounds and picnic areas;
— use of gas, liquid and jelly-petroleum stoves and lanterns will be prohibited in the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness areas; and
— smoking will be prohibited on U.S. Forest Service lands within the forest boundary, except within enclosed vehicles or buildings, or within a developed recreation site.
Forestry officials asked visitors to Cleveland National Forest to be aware of prevailing wildfire conditions and to take appropriate prevention measures.
—City News Service
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