Effective Monday, June 29 the U.S. Forest Service San Bernardino National Forest will implement seasonal fire restrictions. This early date is due to the lack of rain and snow this past winter (and small amounts of rain and snow the previous few years) which has, obviously, made the forest trees and plants far more susceptible to fire.
This ongoing fire in the San Bernardino National Forest that had been burning the last three days is proof that the forest is far drier than it should and with the lack of snow and rain the forest is even dryer. “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.” The information also stressed the fact that the intensity of this year’s first fire has shown the effects the drought has 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 Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron.”
The forest service’s predictive services branch has predicted higher than average than average over the coming months due to warmer nighttime temperatures and below normal summertime monsoonal precipitation which causes an increased potential for large fires within Southern California.
THE NEW RESTRICTIONS FOLLOW………..
* NO WOOD OR CHARCOAL FIRES ANYWHERE IN THE SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST
* INDIVIDUALS WITH A VALID CALIFORNIA CAMPFIRE PERMIT MAY USE A PROPANE OR GAS COOKING STOVE.
* FIREWORKS ARE ALWAYS PROHIBITED IN THE SAN BERNARDINO FOREST.
* AN APPROVED SPARK ARRESTER IS REQUIRED FOR ANY INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OPERATED ON DESIGNATED FOREST ROUTES. THESE INCLUDE CHAIN SAWS, GENERATORS, MOTORCYCLES AND OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES. SMOKING IS ONLY PERMITTED WITHIN ENCLOSED BUILDINGS OR VEHICLES AND RECREATIONAL SHOOTING IS LIMITED TO PUBLIC SHOOTING RANGES OPERATED UNDER A SPECIAL USE PERMIT ONLY, EXCEPT THOSE ENGAGED IN LEGAL HUNTING.
The U.S. Forest Service will be aggressively citing those who do not comply with the posted restrictions. 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, as Class B misdemeanors under federal law. People may also be responsible for resource damage, suppression costs and any injuries that occur if they are found liable for causing a wildfire.
The U.s. Forest Service “predictive services branch” has predicted higher than average temperatures over the coming months due to warmer nighttime temperatures and below normal summertime monsoonal precipitation causing an increased potential for large fires in Southern California.