San Bernardino National Forest Increases Fire Restrictions

Release Date: Aug 29, 2016  

SAN BERNARDINO, California, August 29, 2016 – The San Bernardino National Forest will increase the current seasonal fire restrictions effective Friday, September 2, 2016. 

Continued hot and dry conditions, coupled with a long-term outlook that predicts no change in weather trends and normal fall winds, have prompted local fire mangers to implement additional fire restrictions on the National Forest. Designed to prevent accidental wildfires, these restrictions will affect additional recreation sites and become more restrictive in areas already in restrictions.

“The Blue Cut and Pilot Fires are good examples of how fast new fires are likely to spread this year,” said Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron. “It is prudent to do everything we can to prevent unwanted wildfires that have the same potential for rapid growth. The safety of the public and our neighboring communities is our primary concern and this is one measure we can take that will address that concern.”

The fire restrictions that are effective on all San Bernardino National Forest lands are as follows:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire. (No wood or charcoal fires)
  • Individuals with a valid California Campfire Permit may use either a propane, gas cooking stove or lantern.
  • Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, developed recreation sites, or while in a cleared area at least three feet in diameter.
  • Recreational shooting, including within the public shooting ranges that are operated under special use permit issued by the Forest Service is also prohibited.  Persons engaged in lawful hunting are exempt from this prohibition.
  • Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame is prohibited.
  • An approved spark arrester is required for all off-highway vehicles.

Fire Management Officer Jaime Gamboa said that everyone can play a role in keeping our community safe. “The community and all forest users can help in the prevention of fires by being careful when using your public lands and by remaining vigilant in reporting illegal and inappropriate behaviors within the forest and our community.”

The US Forest Service will be aggressively citing those who do not comply with the posted restrictions. Violation of these prohibitions is subject to punishment by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than six months or both, as Class B misdemeanors under federal law. Persons may also be responsible for resource damage, suppression costs and any injuries that occur if they are found liable for causing a wildfire.

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

San Bernardino National Forest Supervisor’s Office
602 S. Tippecanoe Ave., San Bernardino
(909) 382-2600

Big Bear Discovery Center
41397 North Shore Drive / Highway 38, Fawnskin
(909) 382-2790

San Jacinto Ranger Station
54270 Pine Crest, Idyllwild
(909) 382-2922

Front Country Ranger Station
1209 Lytle Creek Road, Lytle Creek
(909) 382-2851

Mill Creek Visitor Center
34701 Mill Creek Road, Mentone
(909) 382-2881

Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center
51-500 Highway 74 Palm Desert
(760) 862-9984

About the U.S. Forest Service:

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.

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