The Stanislaus National Forest this week tightened rules on campfires and other ignition sources in high-hazard areas.
The changes apply to areas generally west of Cottage Springs on Highway 4, Pinecrest on Highway 108 and Yosemite National Park on Highway 120.
In these areas, campfires and briquette-type barbecues are allowed only at developed recreation sites.
People with campfire permits can use stoves and lanterns fueled by gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel.
Smoking is allowed only in enclosed vehicles and buildings, at developed recreation sites and in places cleared of flammable material.
The changes will remain in effect until the summer wildfire risk eases.
More information is at 532-3671.