Shasta-Trinity National Forest officials have some advice for the throngs of people heading into the woods to camp this weekend. Wildlife is abundant and bears are especially active in Trinity County. Food, cooking utensils and ice chests need to be well secured when not in use. There’s still snow on the ground above 5 or 6,000 feet, and it’s melting rapidly which means rising creek levels and uncertain depths. There are a number of hazardous downed trees from winter storms, which also left a lot of road and trail damage throughout the forest. The lakes, particularly Lake Shasta, have an extraordinary amount of wood debris that can cause a lot of damage to boat hulls and propellers. Often the floating logs can lurk just beneath the surface, so boaters should go slow and have a spotter near the bow. Finally, the thing to be most cautious with is, of course, fire. Any campfire or cooking stove outside of a developed campground requires a permit, which can be acquired for free at any Forest Service, BLM or Cal-Fire office. More information, including an interactive map of damaged roads and trails, can be found at fs.usda.gov/stnf.