Fire restrictions enacted on Modoc National Forest

Release Date: Jun 22, 2021

Fire-use restrictions will go into effect for the Modoc National Forest at 12 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. These restrictions are designed to help minimize the chances of human-caused wildland fires.

While lightning is the number one cause of fires on the forest, human-caused fires are a major concern. Preventable causes include escaped campfires, careless smokers, equipment and vehicle malfunctions, dragging trailer chains, fireworks and playing with matches. More about how to avoid starting wildland fires is found online at

Modoc National Forest Fire-Use Restrictions include:

•      Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire, except in the South Warner Wilderness and Designated Recreation Sites that will be listed at once the order goes into effect.

•      Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or a building, within the Designated Recreation Sites or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

•      Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame.

•      Operating an internal combustion engine, except on National Forest System roads or trails, or within the Designated Recreation Sites listed in the attached documents.


Exemptions to these restrictions include:

•      Lanterns or portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid with a valid free California campfire permit ( Barbeque grills using briquettes are not allowed.

•      Chainsaws and other equipment within the terms of a valid permit. Fuelwood-cutting permits are available at any Modoc National Forest office. Permit holders are asked to call 530-233-8819 for operational hours before heading out for the day.


Similar restrictions are also in effect on the neighboring lands. Since restrictions can vary by ownership, visitors should contact the area they plan to visit for specific fire restrictions and conditions.