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Fire restrictions in place for Sequoia National Forest, Kern River, and Lake Isabella

Posted: 6:07 AM, Jun 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-29 13:07:41Z

As temperatures and dry conditions increase, the National Forest Service has issued fire restrictions for several areas. The restrictions include camping sites along the Upper and Lower Kern and Lake Isabella. 

The NFS says all campgrounds below 4,000 feet are prohibited from having a campfire of any kind starting now through November 30,2018. 

In addition to prohibiting campfires in those locations, restrictions include: 

  • Must have a valid California permit to use lanterns, pressurized gas, and propane grills with on/off shut-off valves. 
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, is prohibited. 
  • Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame is prohibited. 

The NFS says violating these restrictions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or up to 6 months in jail. 

To see if your campground is included in these restrictions, more information can be found in the original restriction announcement from the NFS HERE.