Effective Monday, July 16, San Bernardino National Forest officials are implementing elevated fire restrictions. In light of conditions and recent fire activity, the decision is based on national level fire activity, local fire activity and the availability of firefighters for response.

Until further notice, the following restrictions will be in effect:
* No campfires or barbeques are allowed outside certain picnic areas and campsites. Lists of allowable picnic areas and campsites are available at visitor centers and are shown in the attached table for the San Jacinto Ranger Districts. For the Front County and the Mountaintop ranger districts go to the SBNF website, www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sbnf/learning/safety-ethics/?cid=fseprd587278

* Persons with a valid California Campfire Permit (available free of charge at visitor centers or online at http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/) are not exempt from the prohibitions but are allowed to use portable contained-gas or liquefied-petroleum stoves or lanterns with a fuel shut-off valve

* No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building or a developed recreation site, which for the San Jacinto Ranger District are listed below.

* Welding, or operating acetylene or other torches with open flame.

Residents and visitors are reminded that simple steps can help prevent human-caused fires.
* Prevent vehicle related fires by maintaining proper tire pressure, ensuring adequate tire tread and checking your brakes for overheating. Avoid traveling or parking on brush or grass. Ensure chains are not dragging while towing.

* Make sure your campfire is dead out! Drown it, stir it, feel it. If it’s not cool to the touch, it isn’t out.

* Motorcycles, ATV’s and chainsaws require an approved spark arrestor.

* Fireworks are always prohibited on U.S. Forest Service land.

The Forest Service reminds visitors to the SBNF that violations of these prohibitions is punishable. For an individual the fine can up to $5,000. an organization, the fine may be up to $10,000. For individuals or groups imprisonment for not more than six months is also possible.

Allowable areas for campfires and barbeques in the San Jacinto Ranger District
Black Mountain
Boulder Basin
Dark Canyon
Fern Canyon
Marion Mountain
Pinyon Flat
Ribbonwood Equestrian

Picnic Areas
Fuller Mill Creek
Lake Fulmor
Lake Hemet