Big Bear, Ca, February 23, 2012, 12:00pm – With the recent winter weather the Big Bear Valley, and surrounding San Bernardino National Forest received, fire restrictions have once again been reduced. Under normal winter weather conditions fire restriction remain reduced throughout the winter months, however this year fire restrictions were heightened after a spell of warm weather, and little moisture. Winter burning projects will resume under the guidance of the Forest service as part of a continuing effort to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and improve forest health. Visitors may once again have wood and charcoal fires in agency provided campfire rings at campgrounds, picnic areas and yellow post sites. Campfire permits are still required for propane and gas stoves, and smoking is limited to enclosed vehicles on national forest land. As always fireworks are always prohibited on the San Bernardino National Forest. For more information about fire restrictions and controlled fire burnings contact the Big Bear Ranger Station & Discovery Center at 909-382-2790.