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Government puts fire safety on high alert

Government puts fire safety on high alert

In response to the increasing high fire danger, the Sequoia National Forest, Tule River Reservation, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Central California District (CND)  announced today, an Interagency Declaration to impose fire restrictions for all Federal and State protected lands within Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties effective Wednesday, May 06, 2015.

In the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument campfires and barbecues are only allowed in developed campgrounds or areas designated as exempt from fire restrictions.  A list of designated exempt areas can be obtained from Forest Service offices, and will soon be posted on the website www.fs.usda.gov/sequoia.

Visitors are allowed to have a portable gas stove or lantern (with a flame on/off switch) outside developed or designated areas with a valid California campfire permit.  A campfire permit can be obtained, free of charge, at any Forest Service, CALFIRE, or Bureau of Land Management office or by visiting the Sequoia National Forest website above and downloading a copy of the permit.

For BLM, this declaration will include all BLM public lands located in Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern, Madera, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.  Fire restrictions affect all BLM recreational areas including Three Rivers, San Joaquin River Gorge (Squaw Leap), Lake Isabella (Keyesville), Chimney Peak, Kennedy Meadows, and the Carrizo Plain.

In addition, smoking is only permitted within an enclosed vehicle, building, developed recreation site (campground) or designated exempt area under these restrictions. Internal combustion engines may be operated only on roads and designated trails on BLM lands and Sequoia National Forest and within the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Ensure all vehicles and equipment are tuned and operating properly.

Please contact the Tule River Fire Department or the Tule River Tribal Office for specific fire restriction information on Tule River Reservation Lands. Fire Department 559-784-1590, Tribal Office 559-781-4271.

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