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S.B. officials increase fire restrictions

July 28, 2009 5:46:35 AM PDT
In an effort to reduce the risk of fires started by humans, officials with the San Bernardino National Forest are increasing fire restrictions effective Friday.Under the restrictions, wood and charcoal fires are permitted only in campgrounds and picnic areas, and within fire rings and camp stoves provided by the national forest.

Campfire permits are required for the use of propane and gas stoves, as well as lanterns, outside developed recreation areas.

No shooting of firearms, other than legal hunting, is allowed outside of public shooting ranges.

Any internal combustion engine being operated on designated forest routes must have an approved spark arrester. This includes off-road vehicles, chainsaws, and generators.

Smoking is limited to enclosed vehicles, developed recreation sites, and areas where vegetations has been cleared at least three feet.

The U.S. Forest Service will be enforcing the restrictions. Violators are subject to fines as high as $10,000 and, in some cases, jail time.

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