Fire Restrictions


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California Campfire Permit is required to have fire in dispersed campsite.  Campfire permits can be obtained for free at any Forest Service office or online at


Current Fire Restrictions

Effective July 9, 2024: There are fire restrictions in High Hazard and Moderate Hazard zones. 

SONORA, California, July 8, 2024— With a grueling heat wave persisting over the area and increased fire activity across the region, effective July 9, 2024, the Stanislaus National Forest has implemented fire restrictions in Moderate and High Fire Hazard Areas.

Maps of the affected areas are in the Forest Order as Exhibit A. Below is a list of prohibited activities with the restrictions:

  • Discharging a firearm.
  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, except in the Developed Recreation Sites listed in Exhibit C.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, within an open Developed Recreation Site listed in Exhibit C, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
  • Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
  • Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device that is properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order in accordance with U.S. Forest Service Standard 5100-1. 3

The Forest Order is in effect through December 31,2024.

For more information please contact Forest Public Affairs Officer, Benjamin Cossel at or 209.288.6261.

Woodcutting Information

Is woodcutting permitted during fire restrictions?

Woodcutting is also impacted by dry weather and conditions. Woodcutting is permissible with a valid permit on a day-to-day basis, depending on the daily fire danger rating, which can be obtained by calling (209) 532-5601 for recorded woodcutting information. You must also abide by the terms of the permit. Fuelwood permits can be obtained at any Forest Service from April 15- December 15. All Fuelwood permits expire December 15. Read more...

Residential Burn Permit Information

Can I burn piles at home?

Homeowners should always check with CAL FIRE and local air quality management agency before burning. All burning must take place on permissive burn days. CAL FIRE burn permit information. Homeowners may also call in to obtain information on burn days by calling:

What can I burn with a burn permit?

With a valid burn permit on a permissive burn day, you can burn the following items... (information provided by CAL FIRE)

Where can I obtain a Burn Permit?

Burn permits can be obtained online at CAL FIRE