Citing the rising fire danger due to dry vegetation, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced that it will suspend residential burning permits beginning Monday, and the U.S. Forest Service will initiate fire restrictions in portions of the Eldorado National Forest.
The suspension of residential dooryard burn permits applies to state responsibility areas in Amador and El Dorado counties as well as a portion of eastern Sacramento County.
Also on Monday, fire restrictions will go into effect in areas of the Eldorado National Forest, generally at elevations below 6,000 feet, according to Forest Supervisor Kathy Hardy.
A map showing the boundary of the restricted area and a complete list of fire restrictions are available on the Eldorado National Forest website, www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado.
Fire restrictions in the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will go into effect July 1. Specific fire restriction information for the Lake Tahoe basin is available on the website at www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu.
"The 3,100-acre Angora Fire in 2007 that destroyed 254 homes is a tragic example of the damage an unsafe campfire can cause," Forest Supervisor Nancy Gibson said in a written statement. "This year everyone living in fire-prone areas shares the responsibility to prevent wildfires."
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