Fire Management

Fire Management Days on the San Bernardino National Forest, Photo by Chuck Gibbs

Fire Management Days on the San Bernardino National Forest, Image by Chuck Gibbs

The San Bernardino National Forest is historically one of the most wildfire prone forests in the country. The area’s arid climate, highly flammable vegetation, steep slopes, and seasonal “Santa Ana” winds can enhance fires sparked by lightning, careless behavior, accidents, or the deliberate actions of humans.

Year round we work to reduce the risks severe wildfires pose to people, communities, firefighter safety and the environment through programs aimed at prevention, preparedness and fuels reduction. Our firefighting staff is one of the largest federal firefighting forces in the country and we value our strong partnerships with our local, state, and federal fire partners.

Our combined efforts are important to the long-term health of the land with its unique biological and water resources. We encourage all citizens to better understand this precious natural environment and how to protect it and keep ourselves safe.

The world of fire suppression is changing. Fire seasons are longer and fire behavior often more extreme. The primary reasons for these changes are weather (climate change), wood (abundance of fuels) and the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) (structures and communities adjacent and within the forest boundary).

Valuable Resources

Burned Area Emergency Response

While many wildfires cause little damage to the land and pose few threats to fish, wildlife and people downstream, some fires create situations that require special efforts to prevent further catastrophic damage after the fire. Loss of vegetation exposes soil to erosion; runoff may increase and cause flash flooding; sediments may move downstream and damage houses or fill reservoirs; and put endangered species and community water supplies may be at risk.

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) program addresses these situations with the goal of protecting life, property, water quality, and deteriorated ecosystems from further damage after the fire is out. Concern for possible post-fire effects on fish, wildlife, archeological sites and endangered species is often a primary consideration in the development of a BAER plan.

Fire Information

In the event of a significant wildland fire on the San Bernardino National Forest, fire information can be obtained by either calling our fire information line at (909) 383-5688 or by visiting the national fire information website: inciweb.nwcg.gov

Features

Being Ready—Wildfire Preparedness

It takes the combination of both Defensible space and the hardening of your home to really give your house the best chance of surviving a wildfire.


One Less Spark—One Less Wildfire

Whether it's ensuring a campfire or landscape debris burn of leaves and branches is completely extinguished, or keeping a vehicle well maintained to prevent sparks, following just a few simple steps can help prevent wildfires.

Spotlights

National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC)

NIFC is located in Boise, Idaho, and is the nation's support center for wildland firefighting.

National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

A strategic push to work collaboratively among all stakeholders and across all landscapes.