Four-wheelers, campfires banned from backcountry |

Four-wheelers, campfires banned from backcountry

Julie Brown
Sierra Sun

Dry conditions and high fire warnings have limited off-highway vehicle access on Forest Service property. Vehicles are limited to Forest Service roads and are restricted from trails, said Forest Service Spokesperson Anne Westling.

As Jay England, the owner of Thin Air Motorsports in Truckee, puts it, “If it’s wide enough for a car, than it’s definitely a road, not a trail.”

England said there is “room for everyone” in off-road driving, but cautioned drivers to use their common sense and not venture into areas that are dangerous.

Camp fires are also restricted in the backcountry, except for camp stoves which require a camp fire permit.

All off-road vehicles must be equipped with a spark arrester, which captures sparks from the vehicle, a California certified green sticker or registration, and 96 decibel noise rating.

“All California wilderness areas are very sensitive right now, so everyone needs to be as careful as they can and always tread lightly,” said Derek Trent of Trent Fabrication.