PLACERVILLE, Calif. May 29, 2020 – The Eldorado National Forest is enacting campfire restrictions to protect the health and safety of employees and communities. These restrictions will be in effect May 29, 2020 through November 30, 2020.

Igniting, building, maintaining or using a fire on the Eldorado National Forest is prohibited under these restrictions, with the exception of certain developed campgrounds and permitted facilities where stoves and fire rings are provided. Please see Forest Order 03-20-11 for details.   

Forest Service officials are taking this necessary step to ensure that firefighters are available to safely respond and manage incidents. Fire records show that 95 percent of all wildfires in California are human caused.  

With the above-normal fire season projected in much of California, and the combined potential for wildfires and smoke to impact communities and firefighters, we need to reduce or eliminate this large ignition source and protect our firefighting resources.  

“Firefighters have a challenging season ahead, ” said Forest Fire Management Officer Jay Kurth. “All efforts to reduce unwanted wildfires will make a difference. By eliminating illegal campfires and being careful when using power tools outside, the public can help us be successful.”  

Forest visitors will still be able to use pressurized liquid or gas devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) with shut-off valves, in an area at least three feet from any flammable materials. 

For questions, please call our virtual offices between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday:
·      Forest Supervisor’s Office – 530-303-2412
·      Georgetown Ranger District – 530-334-6477
·      Placerville/Pacific Ranger District – 916-500-4712
·      Amador Ranger District – 209-259-3774