EL DORADO COUNTY—
Adding to the growing list of burn restrictions, the western half of the Eldorado National Forest will be under fire restrictions come June 17.
The National Forest Service notes that, due to continued drying conditions, the entire forest could be under fire restrictions come July 1.
Restrictions mean that campfires and barbeques will be have to be kept in designated areas, while other fire activities will be prohibited.
Specific restrictions include, according to the Forest Service:
-Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, except within the stoves and fire rings provided in the Designated Recreation Sites
-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 material.
-Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
-Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and maintained in effective working order.
Cal Fire suspended all burn permits for Tuolumne, Calaveras, eastern Stanislaus and eastern San Joaquin Counties on Tuesday.
The Forest Service notes that anyone who violates the restrictions could face fines of $5,000 per person, or $10,000 for an organization, and up to 6 months of jail time.