Please check the Incident Information System (InciWeb) for information about any current wildfires in the Pacific Southwest Region. Below are alerts, advisories and closures on the National Forest. "Know Before You Go" and call ahead to the local Ranger Station to check on the latest conditions.
The San Bernardino National Forest is home to a large black bear population (Ursus americanus).
There are many things we can do to avoid attracting bears. Good sanitation and awareness are key! By knowing how to recreate in bear country, we can prevent bears from being conditioned to being around people. Once conditioned, a bear is dangerous. It may approach people and come into camps and homes in search for food.
California has many kinds of beautiful and harmless native snakes. However, one kind of snake that is a safety concern for anyone outdoors is the rattlesnake. All snakes, including rattlesnakes, provide humans with a tremendous service because they control rodent populations.
Rattlesnakes are the only venomous snakes in California that can cause serious injury to humans; however, very few people die from rattlesnake bites. Generally not aggressive, rattlesnakes strike when threatened or deliberately provoked, and given room they will retreat. Never try to pick up a rattlesnake. Most snake bites occur when a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally touched by someone.
The potential of running into a rattlesnake should not deter anyone from venturing outdoors, but there are several precautions that can be taken to lessen the chance of being bitten.
PCT is closed from Splinters Cabin to the Mojave River Forks Dam in Deep Creek due to a slide. Northbound hikers can bypass the closure via 3N34c, west on 3N34 and north on SR173, rejoining the trail at the SR173/PCT crossing.
There is an emergency closure for the Mountain Fire Closure Area on the San Jacinto Ranger District. Members of the public are prohibited from being on National Forest System Lands, Roads, and Trails within the Fire Closure Area.
Forest officials have evaluated the conditions in the area and made the determination that a full closure of the canyon due to severe drought, extremely dry conditions and limited evacuation and escape routes out of the canyon in the event of a wildland fire. The 1650 acre closure will remain in effect until significant rainfall reduces the threat of wildland fire.