Fire Restrictions Increase on San Bernardino National Forest

Release Date: Jun 17, 2014  

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., June 17, 2014 – As the seasonal fire danger rises, forest officials are increasing fire use restrictions on the San Bernardino National Forest, Thursday, June 19, 2014.

As California’s three year drought continues, the forest has experienced below average winter snow and rainfall.  During the spring, we experienced several Santa Ana wind events along with warm, dry weather, leading to drier fuel conditions.   The seasonal weather outlook predicts temperatures above normal and low humidity, which could create the potential for large fires. 

With the current and forecasted conditions, forest officials are taking steps to prevent human-caused fires and raise public awareness.  Most wildfires on the San Bernardino National Forest are human-caused and increased restrictions are designed to reduce wildland fires.

Forest visitors are reminded to exercise caution when visiting the National Forest and maintain a higher level of awareness with the increased fire risk. Travelers through the Forest should remain on designated roads and never park on dry brush or grass. 

“With the dry weather, we ask the public's help to prevent destructive wildfires” said Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron.  “We want visitors to enjoy their public lands, but use common sense in the process.”

Fire restrictions and guidelines effective Thursday June 19, 2014 on the San Bernardino National Forest are as follows:Wood and charcoal fires are permitted only in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds and within agency provided fire rings or camp stoves.
 

  • Wood and charcoal fires are not permitted at Yellow Post campsites.
     
  • Campfire permits are required for propane and gas stoves and lanterns used outside of all developed recreation sites.
     
  • Recreational shooting is limited to Public Shooting Ranges operated under special use permit only, except those engaged in legal hunting.
     
  • An approved spark arrester is required for any internal combustion engine operated on designated forest routes. These include chainsaws, generators, motorcycles, and off-highway vehicles.
     
  • Smoking is limited to an enclosed vehicle or building, or within a Developed Recreation Site.
     
  • Fireworks are always prohibited on the San Bernardino National Forest.

The US Forest Service will be aggressively citing those who do not comply with the posted restrictions. Violation of these prohibitions is subject to punishment by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than six months or both, as Class B misdemeanors under federal law.  Persons may also be responsible for resource damage, suppression costs and any injuries that occur if they are found liable for causing a wildfire.

Forest visitors are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” and call ahead to the local Ranger Station to check on location conditions and restrictions at the following offices:

San Bernardino National Forest Supervisor’s Office
602 S. Tippecanoe Ave., San Bernardino
(909) 382-2600

Big Bear Discovery Center
41397 North Shore Drive / Highway 38, Fawnskin
(909) 382-2790

Idyllwild Ranger Station
54270 Pine Crest, Idyllwild
(909) 382-2922

Lytle Creek Ranger Station
1209 Lytle Creek Road, Lytle Creek
(909) 382-2851

Mill Creek Visitor Center
34701 Mill Creek Road, Mentone
(909) 382-2881

Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center
51-500 Highway 74 Palm Desert
(760) 862-9984

About the U.S. Forest Service:

The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.  Learn more at http://www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf

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