Current Fire Restrictions and Related Prohibitions

The following acts are prohibited on the San Bernardino National Forest:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire except in a Forest Service-provided campfire ring or standing grill within a Developed Recreation Site. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(a).
    • Persons with a valid California Campfire Permit are not exempt from the prohibitions listed above. However, persons with a valid California Campfire Permit may use a portable campfire ring/pit, stove, or lantern in an area at least five feet from any flammable materials provided that the portable campfire ring/pit, stove, or lantern only burns gas, kerosene, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel, and has a shut-off valve.
       
  • Smoking. except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(c).
     
  • Operating an internal combustion engine off of paved, gravel, or dirt National Forest System roads and trails, except for boats operating on a water surface. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(h).
     
  • Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(i).
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  • Going into and or being upon fire closure areas. 36 C.F.R. 261.52(e), C.F.R. § 261.54(e), C.F.R. § 261.55(a) and/or 36 C.F.R. § 261.58(b).

The following acts are prohibited on all National Forests in California, including San Bernardino National Forest:

  • Using an explosive. 36 CFR 261.52(b).
  • Possessing any substance, material, or any combination of substances or materials, with the intent to make any destructive device or any explosive within the State of California, without first obtaining a valid permit from the State of California, as required by California Penal Code 18720. 36 CFR 261.52(k).
  • Possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device. 36 CFR 261.52(f).
  • Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine, without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order in accordance with the U.S. Forest Service Standard 5100-1a. 36 CFR 261.52(j).

The following acts are prohibited on all National Forests, including the San Bernardino National Forest:

  • Carelessly or negligently throwing or placing any ignited substance or other substance that may cause a fire. 36 CFR § 261.5(a).
  • Firing any tracer bullet or incendiary ammunition. 36 CFR § 261.5(b).
  • Causing timber, trees, slash, brush or grass to burn except as authorized by permit. 36 CFR § 261.5(c).
  • Leaving a fire without completely extinguishing it. 36 CFR § 261.5(d).
  • Causing and failing to maintain control of a fire that is not a prescribed fire that damages the National Forest System. 36 CFR § 261.5(e).
  • Building, attending, maintaining, or using a campfire without removing all flammable material from around the campfire adequate to prevent its escape. 36 CFR § 261.5(f).
  • Negligently failing to maintain control of a prescribed fire on Non-National Forest System lands that damages the National Forest System. 36 CFR § 261.5(g).

Forest visitors are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” and call ahead to the local Ranger Station to check on location conditions and restrictions.





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