The longstanding drought, fire season, the continuing Lake Fire and the fact that July 4 is right around the corner new fire restrictions and seasonal fire restrictions will become effective on Monday, June 29.
“As California goes into our fourth year of drought, the forest has felt the effects with lower than normal winter snow and rainfall, making the forest more susceptible to fire,” said Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron. “Our number one priority on the forest is the safety of our visitors making the fire restrictions in place necessary,” said Fire Management Officer Jaime Gamboa. “The community and all forest users can help prevent fires by being vigilant in reporting illegal and inappropriate behavior within our community throughout the year.
Fire restrictions and guidelines effective June 29 include: No wood or charcoal fires anywhere in the San Bernardino National Forest.
* Individuals with a valid California Camp Fire Permit may use a propane or gas cooking stove,
* Fireworks are always prohibited in the San Bernardino National Forest.
* An approved spark arrester is required for any internal combustion engine operated on designated forest routes. These include chainsaws, generators, motorcycle and off-highway vehicles.
* Recreational shooting is limited to Public Shooting Ranges operated under a special use permit only, except people engaged in legal hunting.
“The intensity of this year’s first fire has shown the effects the drought had on our forest. Drought-stressed trees, bark beetle killed timber and dry brush due to the lack of winter moisture is leading to a dangerous fire season. These restrictions will ensure that not only our guests and community members are safe during this fire season but also our employees. As the fire season continues we will continue to develop and re=evaluate our fire restrictions,” said Noiron.