Stanislaus National Forest recreations and fire units extinguish abandoned campfires and pick up trash throughout 4th of July holiday week
Sonora, California: The Stanislaus National Forest provides the following information about abandoned campfires and trash left behind on national forest.
Throughout the 4th of July holiday week, there were 42 abandoned campfires that were found and extinguished by fire and recreation staff. The abandoned campfires, if left unfound, could easily have become an out of control wildfire. It is a requirement of all forest visitors in California to have a valid California Campfire Permit. When you receive this permit, you receive the expectations as a forest visitor, on how to properly build, maintain and extinguish your campfires. The current fine for a campfire violation on the Stanislaus National Forest is $380. We want everyone to have the opportunity to enjoy our forest public lands. It only takes one abandoned campfire to become the next major wildfire in California.
Recreation and fire units also picked up over 100 bags of trash throughout the forest. This trash is not only unsightly and smells terrible, it is harmful and potentially deadly to our local wildlife and natural resources. All trash must be disposed of properly and you can be cited a $150 fine for not doing so. This means, “failing to dispose of all garbage, including paper, can, bottle, sewage, waste water or material, or rubbish either by removal from the site or area, or by depositing it into receptacles or at places provided for such purposes” per CA Penal Code 261.11 (d). If trash bins are unavailable for a remote location , you pack it in, please PACK IT OUT!
Please see photos attached to this release and PLEASE be a responsible forest visitor.
From Blythe: Placing this News Release on our Mi Wuk Area News blog makes me very sad. Over and over in my mind the phrase “arrogant, ignorant pigs” runs through. As a high country resident, this behavior is just so unacceptable. We can only do our part in trying to educate those who come into our beautiful forest for a weekend get-away. The behavior visitors exhibit is up to them. End of rant.Leave a comment