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 charcoal fire except in a Forest Service-provided campfire ring or BBQ within the areas listed Exhibit A.
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or in the areas listed in Exhibit A.
- Operating an internal combustion engine off paved, gravel, or dirt National Forest System roads and trails, except boats on a water surface.
- Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
- Discharging a firearm except within the recreational shooting areas identified in Exhibit B.
The following persons are exempt from this Order:
- Any Federal, State or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire-fighting force in the performance of an official duty.
- 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, with a shut-off valve.
- Persons with a valid Forest Service special use authorization for a resort or organizational camp are exempt from Prohibition No. 1, while at their resort or organizational camp, provided the activity is done in compliance with the terms of the authorization.
- Persons with a valid Forest Service special use authorization for a recreational residence are allowed to have a charcoal BBQ at their residences provided the activity is done in compliance with the terms of the authorization and the charcoal is disposed of in a manner that prevents a wildfire.
- Persons with a Forest Service non-special use written authorization to conduct non- recreational activities, such as harvesting timber or forest products, or grazing livestock, are exempt from Prohibition Nos. 3 and 4, provided the activity is done in compliance with the terms of the authorization.
- Persons hunting during open hunting season as specified by the laws of the State of California, and possessing a valid California hunting license, may discharge a firearm at a legal game bird or mammal.
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.