Smoke seen drifting through the Mt. Shasta area today is most likely from fires burning near Grants Pass, Oregon, said US Forest Service Public Information Officer Bob Ramirez.

A series of small fires sparked by approximately 3,000 lightning strikes on Friday and Saturday are all either out or contained, including the three acre Soda Fire, which is burning approximately five miles south of Dunsmuir.

Smoke seen drifting through the Mt. Shasta area today is most likely from fires burning near Grants Pass, Oregon, said US Forest Service Public Information Officer Bob Ramirez.

The Soda Fire, near Soda Creek east of Castle Crags State Park, is visible from Interstate 5. The Pacific Crest Trail is not closed in the area, but it is recommended that hikers reroute their trip to avoid the vicinity, according to Ramirez.

With the discovery of a small fire Monday morning caused by an unattended campfire in the Toad Lake area, the Forest Service is reminding the public that fire restrictions are currently in effect.

Fires are not allowed outside designated areas like developed campgrounds, picnic areas and signed camp fire use areas, according to the regulations.

Smoking isn’t permitted except in enclosed vehicles, buildings or at developed recreation sites, and internal combustion engines should not be operated except on roads or designated trails.

Maps of places where fires are allowed can be found at Forest Service Ranger Stations in the Shasta-Trinity.

People in violation of the posted fire regulations and prohibitions may be subject to a fine, six months in jail or both. If a person is found to have caused a wildfire he or she may be held liable for firefighting and resource damage costs and any injuries that occur.