Regional and Forest Orders - Permanent and Temporary

Special orders are put into effect to address particular management problems. Special orders are signed by Regional Foresters and Forest Supervisors and vary in duration. Special orders are posted at Forest Service Ranger District offices and Forest Supervisors offices in the office nearest to the area effected, or they may be posted at the Ranger Station and the actual site.

Some of the reasons for implementation of special orders is to protect public safety, prevent resource damage, preserve a particular areas setting (such as non motorized), protect wildlife populations and many other reasons. Special orders may prohibit a specific activity or impose permit requirements. Some examples of permits that may be required are hiking, camping or burning permits.

Below is a listing of the special order regulations which have been implemented. Please check the with the local Ranger Station to check the specifics of the restriction.


Temporary Closure & Restriction Orders (Currently in Effect)

  • 05-12-55-16-03 TEMPORARY CLOSURE - Human entry closure into Mountain Fire Closure Area on the San Jacinto Ranger District - (November 15, 2016 through November 14, 2017)

  • 05-12-53-16-04 TEMPORARY CLOSURE - Human entry closure into the Upper Falls Creek area on the Front Country Ranger District (October 13, 2016, through October 12, 2017)

  • 05-12-53-16-03 EMERGENCY CLOSURE - Human entry closure into Blue Cut Fire Closure Area on the Front Country Ranger District (September 3, 2016 through September 2, 2017)

  • 05-12-00-16-02 FIRE RESTRICTIONS - Fire Restrictions on National Forest System Lands of the San Bernardino National Forest - (September 6, 2016 through the end of the official 2016 fire season)

  • 05-12-51-16-03 EMERGENCY CLOSURE - Human entry closure into Lake Fire Closure Area on the Mountaintop and Front Country Ranger Districts (July 19, 2016 through July18, 2017)

  • 05-12-53-16-02  TEMPORARY CLOSURE - Human entry closure into a portion of Cucamonga Canyon (April 07, 2016, through April 06, 2017)

Permanent Forest Closure and Restriction Orders

Regional Orders

Forest Rules

These regulations have been made by the Secretary of Agriculture to assure the enjoyment of recreation in the National Forests. They are common sense rules meant to control actions that cause damage to natural resources and facilities, as well as actions that cause unreasonable disturbances for National Forest visitors.

The Secretary of Agriculture's regulations (36 CFR 261) provide in part for regulating the occupancy and use of developed recreation sites. A violation of these regulations is subject to a penalty of not more than $5,000 or 6 months imprisonment, or both.Definitions

The following definitions, which appear in 36 CFR 261.2, apply to all regulations quoted in this publication:

"Campfire" means a fire, not within any building, mobile home, or living accommodation mounted on a motor vehicle, which is used for cooking, personal warmth, lighting, ceremonial, or esthetic purposes.

"Fire" includes campfire.

"Camping" means the temporary use of National Forest System lands for the purpose of overnight occupancy without a permanently fixed structure.

"Camping equipment" means the personal property used in or suitable for camping, and includes any vehicle used for transportation and all equipment in possession of a person camping. Food and beverages are not considered camping equipment.

"Damaging" means to injure, mutilate, deface, destroy, cut, chop, girdle, dig, excavate, kill, or in anyway harm or disturb.

"Developed recreation site" means an area which has been improved or developed for recreation.

"Forest development road" means a road wholly or partly within or adjacent to and serving a part of the National Forest System and which has been included in the Forest Development Road System Plan.

"Forest development trail" means a trail wholly or partly within or adjacent to and serving a part of the National Forest System and which has been included in the Forest Development Trail System Plan.

"Forest Officer" means an employee of the Forest Service.

"Person" means natural person, corporation, company, partnership, trust, firm, or association of persons.

"Permission" means oral authorization by a Forest Officer.

"Permit" means authorization in writing by a Forest Officer.

"State Law" means the law of any State in whose exterior boundaries an act or omission occurs regardless of whether State law is otherwise applicable.

"Stove fire " means a campfire built inside an enclosed stove or grill, a portable brazier, or a pressurized liquid or gas stove, including a space-heating device.