Forest Service Prohibits Campfires Outside of Developed Campgrounds to Reduce Human-Caused Wildfires

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VALLEJO, Calif.— National Forests in California will enact campfire restrictions to protect the health and safety of communities and firefighters, effective immediately and until further notice. Outside of developed campgrounds and certain permitted facilities, igniting, building, maintaining or using a campfire on national forests in California are prohibited. Check with local National Forests for any additional fire restrictions in place for specific locations.

Forest Service officials are taking this necessary step to ensure that firefighters are available to safely respond and manage incidents. 95 percent of all wildfires in California are human caused. With the above-normal fire season projected in much of California, and the combined potential for wildfires and smoke to impact communities and firefighters during this current pandemic, there is a need to focus on reducing or eliminating this large ignition source and do all we can to preserve firefighting resources.

“We are committed to making your national forests and services available for the enjoyment of all citizens, as demonstrated by our phased opening of developed recreation sites,” said Regional Forester Randy Moore, for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region. “We understand these fire restrictions change the visitor experience in the short-term outside of developed campgrounds but appreciate the public’s understanding of the need to protect communities and firefighters during the upcoming fire season and this unprecedented pandemic.”

Forest visitors will still be able to use pressurized liquid or gas devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) with shut-off valves outside of developed campgrounds as long as they are in an area at least three feet from any flammable materials.

The Forest Service manages 18 National Forests in the Pacific Southwest Region, which encompasses over 20 million acres across California, and assists State and Private forest landowners in California, Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. National forests supply 50 percent of the water in California and form the watershed of most major aqueducts and more than 2,400 reservoirs throughout the state. For more information, visit


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