Fire restrictions to be lifted October 8

Contact(s): Punky Moore

WILLOWS, Calif. — Fire restrictions will be lifted on the Mendocino National Forest at 12 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, forest officials announced today. Beginning Monday, forest visitors may have open campfires and camp stoves outside of designated campgrounds providing they are in possession of a valid California Campfire Permit.

Campfire Permits are free and are available at all Forest Service, BLM, or CAL FIRE offices, or online at

Forest Supervisor Ann Carlson says, “The cooler temperatures, longer nights, higher humidity and some precipitation have reduced the threat of extreme fire danger. Enjoy the forest but remember it is everyone’s responsibility to constantly practice fire safety and help prevent wildfires.”

Fireworks are never allowed on public lands. Check with local offices for current information before traveling to the forest. Follow these campfire guidelines:

  • Clear all flammable material away from the fire for a minimum of five feet in all directions.
  • Make a fire only if you have a shovel and sufficient water to put it out.
  • Have a responsible person in attendance at all times.
  • Never leave your campfire unattended.
  • Never build a campfire on a windy day.
  • To make sure your campfire is out, drown with water and stir with dirt, making sure all burned materials are extinguished. Feel with your hand to make sure it’s out cold.
  • Every campfire will be put DEAD OUT before leaving it.

The Ranch Fire area remains closed to all public use as described in Forest Order No. 08-18-16 posted here: