Outdoor Safety & Ethics

Forest Order No. 05-12-55-20-02
Road Closure

Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50(b), and to provide for public safety, the following act is prohibited within the San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest.  This Order is effective from April 16, 2020, through May 31, 2020.

Using a motor vehicle on Forest Road No. 4S01 (Black Mountain Road) from its intersection with Forest Road No. 4S02 (Dark Canyon Road) continuing northeast to end of the road in Range 2E, Township 4S, Section 1, as shown on the attached map.  36 CFR 261.54(e).

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:

1.   Persons with a permit from the Forest Service specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.

2.   Any federal, state, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.

3.   Persons with a contract from the Forest Service authorizing work on the closed road, and their employees, sub-contractors, or agents, are exempt from the prohibition listed above to the extent authorized by the contract.

This prohibition is in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFR 261, Subpart A.

A violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both.  16 USC 551 and 18 USC 3559, 3571 and 3581.

Executed in San Bernardino, California, this 15th day of April, 2020.

Acting Forest Supervisor
San Bernardino National Forest


signed Order and Map pdf


Regional and Forest Orders


Special orders are put into effect to address particular management problems. Special orders are signed by Regional Foresters and Forest Supervisors and vary in duration. Special orders are posted at Forest Service Ranger District offices and Forest Supervisors offices in the office nearest to the area affected, or they may be posted at the Ranger Station and the actual site.

Some of the reasons for the implementation of special orders are to protect public safety, prevent resource damage, preserve particular areas setting (such as non-motorized), protect wildlife populations and many other reasons. Special orders may prohibit a specific activity or impose permit requirements. Some examples of permits that may be required are hiking, camping or burning permits.