Current Fire Restrictions and Related Prohibitions

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

This Order is effective December 21, 2022, through December 31, 2023.

1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire except in Forest Service-provided campfire ring or in a standing grill within a Developed Recreation Site. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(a). A Developed Recreation Site means an area which has been improved or developed for recreation. 36 C.F.R.§ 261.2.
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, 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(d).
3. Operating an internal combustion engine anywhere other than on paved, gravel, or dirt National Forest System roads and trails, except boats on a water surface. 36C.F.R. § 261.52(h).
4. Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame. 36 C.F.R.§ 261.52(i).

The following persons are exempt from this Order:

1. Persons with Forest Service Permit No. FS-7700-48 (Permit for Use of Roads, Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation or Order), specifically exempting them from this Order.
2. Persons with a special use authorization from the Forest Service specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited acts or omissions.
3. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.
4. 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 outside of a Developed Recreation Site 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.

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.