Big Bear Valley, CA, May 25, 2012, noon – Camping in national forests can be a year-round endeavor, but for many people Memorial Day Weekend is the time to get started for the summer. Most of the San Bernardino National Forest recreation sites will be open for visitors this weekend. The forest is ready for the summer recreation season, and you can enjoy the outdoors while camping, hiking, mountain biking, fishing or a variety of other activities. As always, forest officials encourage visitors to be aware of their surroundings and responsibilities when visiting the forest. They want you to have a safe, enjoyable visit, and always remain aware of the current situation outdoors and the potential for wildfire. Call ahead to check the status of places you plan to visit. Know before you go. Campfires are only permitted at developed sites in the designated fire rings in campgrounds, picnic grounds and Yellow Post Sites. Outside of developed sites, only propane or gas cooking stoves are permitted. Remember to always call ahead and check on current fire restrictions. All Visitor Centers will be open during the holiday weekend, including Monday. Call the Big Bear Discovery Center at 382-2790 for the latest conditions and recreation information.

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