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CCR 14 § 4311 – Fire in Stoves, Smoking

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California Code of Regulations, Title 14 – Natural Resources, Division 3 – Department of Parks and Recreation

Synopsis: The following regulation prohibits visitors from starting a fire except in fire rings or grills provided by the Department, or other equipment designed for campfires.

CCR 14 § 4311 Fire in Stoves, Smoking

No person shall

(a) light, build, use, or maintain a fire within a unit except in a camp stove or a fireplace provided, maintained, or designated by the Department for such purpose. Portable camp stoves may be used in portions of units approved by the Department.

(b) Fires shall at all times be maintained in a safe condition that does not threaten any person, natural or structural feature.

(c) Upon a finding of extreme fire hazard by the Department no person shall smoke or build fires in portions of units other than those designated by the Department for such purposes.

(d) This section does not apply to fire fighters or Department employees carrying out fire suppression or resource management activities approved by the Department.


Cal. Code Regs. Tit. 14, § 4311
Note: Authority cited: Section 5003, Public Resources Code. Reference: Section 5008, Public Resources Code.

1. Amendment filed 1-28-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 5).

2. Amendment filed 6-5-91; operative 7-5-91 (Register 91, No. 35).

3. Change without regulatory effect adding subsection (a)-(d) designators and amending subsections (a) and (b) filed 6-18-96 pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations (Register 96, No. 25).

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