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New fire restrictions for the NorthState

By Carlo Falco
Published On: Jul 24 2013 08:22:30 PM CDT

New fire restrictions in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest go into effect tonight at midnight.

The restrictions are to help limit the large amount of human-caused wildfires this year as the fire danger has reached levels dangerous enough for wildfires to spread very quickly.

The new rules normally go into effect about this time, but really depend on the fire conditions and the prevailing weather patterns.

As of Thursday, you are not allowed to smoke outside of your car or established campgrounds and developed areas. Outdoor welding is also not allowed.

Campfires are not allowed outside of established campgrounds and must be within fire rings.

Cutting wood is allowed, but the use of chainsaws are restricted to certain times of day, and require a permit and a daily call to check on fire conditions.

There are some exceptions. The Trinity Wilderness does not have any of the restrictions, mostly because they get more consistent rain and are remote enough to prevent most people from getting there.

If you are caught breaking any of the rules, you can be fined up to $5,000 and can serve a year in jail.

In addition, you can be held liable for the costs incurred by the firefighting effort if any fires do start due to your infractions.