Fire Restrictions


Campfire Photo

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

Forest Order STE - 16 - 2022 - 04 Stanislaus National Forest Temporary Fire Restrictions High Fire Hazard Areas

Campfire Restrictions Information

Sonora, Calif. — October 25, 2021.  A combination of recent rain, snow, and cooler temperatures has reduced the overall fire danger within the Stanislaus National Forest, enabling termination of the fire restrictions that were put into place across the entire Forest back in August and updated on October 22, 2021.

Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor Jason Kuiken says “Temperatures have decreased and the moisture content is higher, so I have decided to terminate the high and moderate fire hazard restrictions on the Stanislaus National Forest.”  The reduced fire restrictions don’t mean people shouldn’t be careful when enjoying a campfire, Kuiken said. “When camping with a campfire on the forest, visitors must have a campfire permit with them, and we encourage them to responsibly make sure every fire is dead out before leaving it unattended.”

Kuiken highlighted Smokey Bear’s message to have a bucket of water and a shovel nearby at all times when using a campfire, and to pour water and stir until no heat can be felt from the ashes. “Smokey Bear has been sharing his fire prevention message for 75 years. It remains as true today as it did the first time Smokey told folks that only they can prevent wildfire.”

To learn more about campfire permits or other forest information, please call:

Stanislaus NF Supervisor’s Office: 209-532-3671

Calaveras Ranger District: 209-795-1381

Groveland Ranger District: 209-962-7825

Summit Ranger District: 209-965-3434

Visitors are reminded to remain aware of their surroundings on the Forest as conditions can deteriorate rapidly this time of the year. 

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. Click here to view 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 at a Forest Office located in Groveland, Hathaway Pines, Pinecrest and Mi Wuk Village. Permits are not available at the Sonora Forest Service Office. Or online at Calfire.