Fire Restrictions Increase in San Bernardino National Forest

Seasonal fire restrictions are increasing to prohibit campfires in the developed Pacific Crest Trail camps of San Bernardino National Forest effective June 28th, 2013. Campfires are always banned in this forest, even with a campfire permit, except in developed campgrounds with agency provided fire rings. The PCT crosses the San Bernardino National Forest from approximately miles 151 – 207 and miles 236 – 364.

Pacific Crest Trail Camps where campfires are now banned:

  • Bench Camp
  • Deer Springs
  • Doble
  • Holcomb Crossing
  • Little Bear Springs
  • Mission Springs

San Bernardino National Forest fire restrictions always in effect along the Pacific Crest Trail:

  • Wood and charcoal fires are permitted only in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds and within agency provided fire rings or camp stoves.
  • Campfire permits are required for propane and gas stoves and lanterns used outside of all developed recreation sites.
  • Smoking is limited to an enclosed vehicle or building, or within a Developed Recreation Site.

This past winter the forest experienced less than average winter snow and rainfall as a result of the second year of a drought, and the seasonal outlook again expects a warmer and drier summer this year with below average summer “monsoonal” rains, which could create the potential for large fires.

Forest officials are taking these steps to prevent human-caused fires and raise public awareness. Most wildfires on the San Bernardino National Forest are human-caused and increased restrictions are designed to reduce wildland fires. Forest visitors are reminded to exercise caution when visiting the National Forest and maintain a higher level of awareness with the increased fire risk.

Violation of these prohibitions is subject to punishment by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than six months or both. Persons may also be responsible for resource damage, suppression costs and any injuries that occur if they are found liable for causing a wildfire.