Passes & Permits

Campfire Permits - Help Protect National Forest's from Wildfires

You can help protect the National Forests from wildfires by knowing and following the rules for the safe use of fire. You must have a California Campfire Permit to use a stove, lantern, or campfire outside a developed campground or recreation area. The permit is your agreement to follow the campfire restrictions and regulations in effect.

Permits are available free-of-charge at offices of the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) or by visiting Remember that regulations governing campfires are specific to each National Forest and change with weather conditions and the seasons. You are responsible to know the current restrictions for the area you are visiting. If you smoke outside a vehicle, be sure you do so within a cleared area at least three feet in diameter. Smoking outside of an enclosed vehicle may be completely prohibited during times of high fire danger.

Your campfire permit is valid from the date issued until the end of the calendar year; it may be used in any National Forest in Northern California or in the Sierra Nevada.
Fire Restrictions

Please check Current Conditions for news regarding the current fire restrictions in effect on the Plumas National Forest.

Fire restrictions change throughout the year depending on fire hazard. When no stage restrictions are in effect, you may use a stove, lantern, or campfire in accordance with the regulations listed on your permit. Fire hazard is determined by the fuel moisture content in an area (the amount of moisture present in the surrounding trees and brush) and by local weather patterns, which include the temperature, the prevailing winds, and the relative humidity.

If you discover a fire in the forest, including an unattended campfire, please call 911 as soon as possible. Provide as much information as you can about the fire's location -- road numbers, intersections, trail names, name of the nearest campground and distance to those locations. Drive carefully -- firefighters may have already been notified and crews and equipment could be traveling to the fire on Forest roads.