Alturas, Calif. – It is looking like a great Fourth of July on your Modoc National Forest.
All campgrounds are open and accessible. Campers share the land with other forest users, as well as wildlife including the occasional black bear. Campfire safety is always a must and fireworks are illegal on all National Forest lands.
Please leave fireworks at home.
Campfire permits are required in California, and can be acquired at any Forest Service, BLM or CALFIRE office. Please be cautious when burning and make sure campfires are completely out before leaving.
Whether hiking, mountain biking, floating or riding horses there are precautions to assure a safe journey for you, your companions and the wildlife we all enjoy. Remember, all wildlife can be dangerous. Please do not approach or feed wild animals, especially bears.
When encountering bears, do not panic. Calmly group together and pick up small children. Do not run, make sudden movements or direct aggressive eye contact. These actions may instinctively cause the black bear to charge.
Take extra precautions while camping to keep from enticing bears into camp with food or strong odors. Some important bear-safe camping tips are:
· Protect yourself and others and prevent wild animals from obtaining human food and garbage by keeping a clean camp. Deposit all garbage in wildlife-resistant trash containers.
· Keep all food and food-related items inside a closed, hard-sided vehicle or special bear-resistant container except when preparing or eating food. Ice chests, coolers, boxes, cans, tents and soft-sided campers are not bear-resistant.
· Store pet food and livestock feed the same as human food, out of reach from bears and other animals.
· Keep pets on a leash while with you or inside a cool, well-ventilated vehicle. Pets may threaten and harass wildlife and can lead predators to your camp. Do not leave pets unattended in bear country.
· Ask campers who are not observing precautions to clean up their camp for the safety of visitors and wildlife.
· Remove all food and garbage from campgrounds before leaving.
South Warner Wilderness
Hiking is always encouraged in the South Warner Wilderness. Be prepared for ever-changing weather conditions. Tell a friend or relative where you are going and when you plan to be back.
As drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region, CAL FIRE has suspended all burn permits for outdoor open residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Lassen, Modoc and Plumas Counties. This suspension took effect, June 29, 2015 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris including branches and leaves.
Call 911 or Modoc Interagency Dispatch Center at 530-233-4581 to report wildfires.
All wood-cutting areas are open and new Wood Tags are required. For further information or for fire-safety restrictions, please check the woodcutting recording at 530-233-8819for any closures.