Current Fire Restrictions


Elevated Fire Restrictions are put in effect when fire danger increases on the Forest due to weather conditions, seasonal temperatures, and elevated risk indexes (events such as high winds, or lightning). As of July 17, 2017, the Cleveland has implemented the following elevated fire restrictions:

  • Fireworks are never allowed on the Cleveland National Forest.
  • Spark arresters are required for all off-highway vehicles, chainsaws, and other internal combustion equipment.
  • Welding, grinding, cutting, the use of explosives, and other activities requiring a special use authorization may be restricted.
  • No wood or charcoal fires are allowed except in identified developed campgrounds and developed picnic areas within designated fire rings.
  • The use of gas and liquid stoves and lanterns, and jelly petroleum stoves are allowed in all areas of the Cleveland National Forest except for the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness on the Trabuco Ranger District.
  • Smoking is prohibited within the Forest boundary, except within an enclosed vehicle or building or within a Developed Recreation Site.

The following are identified campground and picnic areas where wood and charcoal fires are allowed:


Descanso Ranger District

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


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 (no campfires/grills only)
  • Inaja Memorial Picnic Area (no campfires/grills only)


Trabuco Ranger District

  • All campground and picnic areas are open except for the Wildomar Campground, when the Wildomar Off-road Vehicle (OHV) area is closed.


For more information, please see our Fire Restriction FAQ