Fire restrictions on the San Bernardino National Forest were elevated Tuesday, Aug. 6. Forest officials announce that the changes include limiting campfires to selected sites, increased restrictions on smoking and the prohibition of welding and other open-flame activities without the proper permits.
“The wet winter has provided a very mild fire season on the forest so far, but vegetation is beginning to dry out,” said Jaime Gamboa, fire chief for the San Bernardino National Forest. “As we near Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday later this week, we’re asking the public to take his ‘one less spark’ message to heart.”
The restrictions, which are enforced through a forest order, will expire Dec. 31, 2019. Depending on weather and other conditions, it is possible these restrictions may be rescinded early or extended depending on conditions at that time, according to the forest service officials.
Campgrounds and picnic areas within the San Jacinto Ranger District where fires in Forest Service-provided fire rings and grills are still allowed are:
Fuller Mill Creek