FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2015
Forest visitors asked to be careful and aware this Fourth of July
WILLOWS, Calif. – The employees of the Mendocino National Forest want to remind visitors to have a safe Fourth of July holiday, especially while recreating in the forest.
With hot and dry conditions continuing, visitors are asked to be careful with fire in the National Forest, including campfires, gas stoves and lanterns, and to comply with current fire restrictions.
All fireworks, including sparklers, are prohibited on the Mendocino National Forest.
The Forest is currently under fire restrictions, which means there are limitations on where campfires, gas stoves, lanterns and internal combustion engines – including chainsaws – can be used. Recreation sites are posted with the information. More information on fire restrictions can also be found at www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino.
Nighttime temperatures are generally cooler in the mountains, and even during summer there is the possibility of storms. Visitors should be prepared for changing conditions. Bring layered clothing and plenty of food and water on your outdoor adventure. Tell someone where you plan to go, which routes you plan to take and when you plan to be back.
“We want everyone to have a safe and memorable Fourth of July weekend, especially those joining us on the Forest,” said Forest Supervisor Ann Carlson. “With fire restrictions starting this week and the effects of the ongoing drought, it’s important that visitors are aware of the current conditions and use caution with anything that can spark a wildfire. We want everyone to have a safe and fun holiday weekend – including visitors and firefighters.”
All Mendocino National Forest offices will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of the holiday. The Stonyford Work Center, located at 5171 Stonyford-Elk Creek Road, will be open Saturday, July 4. The information center can also be reached at 530-963-3128.
To learn more about fire prevention, including “One Less Spark – One Less Wildfire,” visit www.preventwildfireca.org. The site also offers California Campfire Permits online.