Stage II fire restrictions in effect

Wildfire Plume - USFS
Wildfire Plume – USFS

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, trying to stay cool, you probably know that just about our entire region is under Stage II fire restrictions.

The short version::

  • No fires, including campfires.
  • No smoking except “within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.”
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed off designated roads and trails.

Also, there are “hoot owl” restrictions (prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.) on

  • Operating any internal combustion engine (e.g., a chainsaw).
  • Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  • Using an explosive.

Additionally a one hour foot patrol in the work area is required following cessation of all “hoot owl” activities.

For more information on area fire restrictions, see

For the full text of the press release sent out by area agencies, see