Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The Cleveland National Forest is elevating its fire use restriction level from "very high" to "extreme" Thursday morning. The ongoing drought and fires in other parts of California prompted the move.
Cleveland National Forest officials are trying to prevent potential fires by restricting certain activities as the Labor Day weekend nears. There are no Santa Ana wind conditions but dry weather and the tinder-dry forest increase the risk of wildfire.
Anabele Cornejo with the Cleveland National Forest says campfires are prohibited in campgrounds that are not staffed by the forest service.
We're just trying to be cautious, and public safety is number one," Cornejo said. "And given what's going on in Los Angeles, in the state actually, we're just trying to be prudent here."
She said smoking is only allowed inside cars.
Cornejo also said an area of the forest in southeast San Diego County that was closed because of wildfires in 2006 and October 2007 has reopened for use.
She says the fire danger is not as high in that area compared to areas of the forest that haven't burned in recent years.