Current Fire Restrictions


Seasonal rainfall and cooler temperatures have lowered the risk index, allowing the Cleveland National Forest to return to general fire restrictions, effective February 5,2019. The following are general fire restrictions, which are in place year round:

  • Fireworks are never allowed on the Cleveland National Forest.
  • Spark arresters are required for all off-highway vehicles, chainsaws, and other internal combustion equipment.
  • No wood or charcoal fires are allowed except in identified developed campgrounds and developed picnic areas within designated fire rings.

Typically dry conditions in California and throughout the Cleveland, make it possible for fires to start at any time of the year. Residents and visitors are asked to be aware of wildfire conditions in their area and take appropriate prevention measures where necessary. For more information on fire restrictions, including changing conditions, campground status, or closures, please reference this page. 

The following areas are open to wood and charcoal fires unless otherwise noted:

Descanso Ranger District

  • Boulder Oaks Campground
  • Burnt Rancheria Campground
  • Cibbets Flats Campground
  • Desert View Picnic Area
  • El Prado Group Site
  • Horse Heaven Group Site
  • Laguna Campground
  • Pioneer Mail Picnic Area
  • Wooded Hill Group Site

Palomar Ranger District

  • Crestline Group Site
  • Fry Creek Campground
  • Oak Grove Campground
  • Observatory Campground
  • Dripping Springs Campground
  • Indian Flats Campground
  • San Luis Rey Picnic Area
  • Inaja Memorial Picnic Area 

Trabuco Ranger District

  • Blue Jay Campground
  • El Cariso Campground
  • Upper San Juan Campground
  • Falcon Campground
  • Wildomar Campground (Currently Closed)
  • El Cariso North Picnic Area
  • El Cariso South Picnic Area
  • California Wildland Firefighters Memorial Site

For more information on how to stay safe during elevated fire restrictions, see our Elevated Fire Restrictions Infographic