California Campfire Permits
Campfire permits are required on all Inyo National Forest lands (and nearby Bureau of Land Management lands) for the use of a campfire, charcoal fire, camp stove, or any open flame. During periods of high fire danger, and in certain areas, campfires may be restricted.
Campfire permits are free and are available at all Forest Service, BLM, or CAL FIRE offices or online at:https://www.readyforwildfire.org/permits/campfire-permit/
- Check for any local fire restrictions in the area before each visit.
- A responsible person should attend the fire at all times
- Keep a shovel and bucket of water nearby at all times.
Campfire Safety: How to Build an Open Campfire Select a level, open location away from heavy fuels such as logs, brush or decaying leaves and needles. Clear an area at least 10 feet in diameter (local regulations may vary). Scrape away grass, leaves or needles down to the mineral soil. Scoop a depression in the center of the cleared area in which to build the fire and put a ring of rocks around it. Cut wood in short lengths, pile within cleared area and light the fire. The fire should be built no larger than necessary. Your fire must never be left unattended and the fire must be extinguished completely before leaving.
While the Fire is Burning: Open Fire Safety Always keep a shovel and bucket of water nearby at all times. While the fire is burning, be sure there is a responsible person in attendance of the fire at all times. Never leave children around a fire unattended.
How to Completely Extinguish an Open Campfire: Use the “drown, stir and feel” method: drown the fire with water, then stir around the fire area with your shovel to wet any remaining embers and ash. Be sure to turn wood and coals over and wet all sides. Move some dirt onto the fire site and mix thoroughly to fully smother it. And finally, feel the area with the back of your hand to ensure nothing is still smoldering.