Campfire Permits

You can help protect the forest from wildfires by knowing and following rules for the safe use of fire. You must obtain a California Campfire Permit if you plan to build a campfire or use a stove, unless you are in a developed recreation area (campground or picnic area).

Permits are available free-of-charge at offices of the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Remember that regulations governing campfires are specific to each National Forest and change with weather conditions and the seasons. To protect yourself and the forest, before each visit check with the Forest Service for current campfire restrictions. If you smoke outside a vehicle, be sure you do so within a cleared area at least three feet in diameter.

Smoking outside of an enclosed vehicle may be completely prohibited during times of high fire danger. If you discover a fire in the forest, including an unattended campfire, please call 911 as soon as possible. Provide as much information as you can about the fire's location - road numbers, intersections, trail names, name of the nearest campground and distance to those locations. Drive carefully - firefighters may have already been notified, and crews and equipment could be traveling to the fire on Forest roads.

To obtain a Campfire Permit via FAX

Please read the following instructions for obtaining a California Campfire Permit via FAX from the Mendocino National Forest.

NOTE: The document listed below is a PDF file and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

  1. Download Form R5-FS-5100-54.
  2. Read all instructions and requirements of the permit before signing.
  3. Permits must be signed by an adult eighteen years of age or older.
  4. The signer upon signing, acknowledges and agrees to all conditions of the permit.
  5. Permits are not valid until, NAME, ADDRESS, CITY, STATE, & ZIP CODE are filled in (please print) and permittee signs and dates (at bottom of permit).
  6. Permits must then be sent via FAX to (530) 934-7760 Attention: Campfire Permits. The approved permit will be returned to you via fax (don't forget to provide your fax number) or by regular Postal Service mail (please indicate on your permit if you want it mailed back to you), as this is YOUR permit that you will need to have with you when camping and using a fire (campfire or stove) in the National Forest in areas that require a permit.

To obtain a Campfire Permit online

Go to, watch a two and a half minute CALFire campfire safety video. Answer eight questions and then click print, sign and keep for record. You will need to have the permit in your possession when camping and using a fire in the National Forest in areas that require a permit