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, barbeque, or grill within the areas listed in Exhibit A.  36 C.F.R. § 261.52(a).
     
    • Exemption: 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. 
       
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or in the designated recreation areas listed in Exhibit A.  36 C.F.R. § 261.52(d).
     
  • 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 acetylene or other torch with open flame.  36 C.F.R. § 261.52(i).
     
  • Discharging a firearm except within the recreational shooting areas identified in Exhibit B.  36 C.F.R. § 261.58(m).
     
    • Exemption: 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.
  • 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, 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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