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 Forest Service provided campfire ring or standing grill within Developed Recreation Sites. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(a).
     
    • Exemptions: 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 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).
     
  • Operating an internal combustion engine off paved, gravel or dirt National Forest System roads and trails, except boats 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).
     
  • 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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