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). The following are the elevated fire restrictions as of July, 16 2018:

  • Welding, grinding, cutting, use of explosives, and other activities requiring a special use authorization are restricted.
  • Discharge of firearms is prohibited on the Forest except for the purpose of hunting during the designated hunting season as established by the California Department of Fish and Game. Target shooting is not allowed on the Forest.
  • Discharging a firearm using the following ammunition is never allowed, this includes hunting seasons: steel core, armor piercing, and tracer ammunition.
  • 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.

General fire restrictions 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.

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