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 PCT is open from Splinters Cabin to the Mojave River Forks Dam in Deep Creek, the slide has been cleared, the whole segment is passable and in moderately good shape. HOWEVER, THIS SEGMENT IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR STOCK.
Northbound Equestrians can bypass this segment of 3N34c, by traveling west on 3N34 and north on SR173, rejoining the trail at the SR173/PCT crossing.
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.
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.
The Mountaintop Ranger District will be using helicopters as part of the South Big Bear Hazardous Fuels Reduction project. Helicopters will be removing trees and slash in areas inaccessible by conventional tree removal methods and fly the logs to a staging point or landing. The helicopter project work begins on November 4th, and is expected to be completed by November 25th, weather and conditions permitting. In the project area, helicopters will be operating south of Highway 18 and south of Boulder Bay. During this portion of the South Big Bear project, the Castle Rock hiking trail (1W03) will be closed to all public use and will re-open once the area is safe for public entry. If you have questions on alternative hiking and recreational opportunities, please contact the Big Bear Discovery Center at 909-382-2790.
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.