Tag: Fire Restrictions

Violation of Fire Restrictions Carries Hefty Penalties

Big Bear Lake, CA, June 21, 2014 – Wildfire prevention is serious business in the San Bernardino Mountains. New restrictions and guidelines were posted on Thursday, June 19, and the US Forest Service says they’ll be aggressively citing those who don’t comply. With lives and property at stake, violation of these prohibitions carry serious consequences as Class B misdemeanors under federal law: fines up to $10,000, imprisonment for up to six months, or both.  Violators may also be responsible for resource damage, suppression costs and any injuries that occur if they’re found liable for causing a wildfire. · Wood and charcoal fires are permitted only in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds and within agency provided fire rings or camp stoves. · Wood and charcoal fires are not permitted at Yellow Post campsites. · Campfire permits are required for propane and gas stoves and lanterns used outside of all developed recreation sites. · Recreational shooting is limited to Public Shooting Ranges operated under special use permit only, except those engaged in legal hunting. · An approved spark arrester is required for any internal combustion engine operated on designated forest routes. These include chainsaws, generators, motorcycles, and off-highway vehicles. · Smoking is limited to an enclosed vehicle or building, or within a Developed Recreation Site. · Fireworks are always prohibited on the San Bernardino National Forest. Call the local ranger station with...

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San Bernardino National Forest Fire Restrictions Increase

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Fire Level Has Been Increased To Very High: Fire Restrictions Elevated

Big Bear, Ca, January 13, 2012, 4:00pm – The US Forest Service has elevated the fire danger level to very high due to the dry, warm weather the San Bernardino County and other areas have been experiencing.  Fire Danger increases with the unseasonable warmer, drier weather along with persistent Santa Ana wind conditions.  Fire officials are closely monitoring the weather and fuel conditions, adjusting staffing levels, and increasing or lowering fire use restrictions as deemed necessary. The following fire restrictions and guidelines are now in effect on the San Bernardino National Forest areas:  Wood and charcoal fires are permitted only in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds and within agency provided fire rings or camp stoves.  Campfire permits are required for propane and gas stoves and lanterns used outside of developed recreation sites.  Recreational shooting is limited to Public Shooting Ranges operated under special use permit only, except those engaged in legal hunting. An approved spark arrester is required for any internal combustion engine operated on designated forest routes. These include chainsaws, generators, motorcycles, and off-highway vehicles.  Smoking is limited to an enclosed vehicle or building, or within a Developed Recreation Site. And as always, fireworks are always prohibited on the San Bernardino National Forest. The US Forest Service will be aggressively citing those who do not comply with the posted restrictions.  Forest visitors are encouraged to “Know Before You Go”...

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San Bernardino National Forest Raises Fire Restrictions

San Bernardino, Ca, August 31, 2010 – Moderate to severe drought conditions, hot weather and lower fuel moisture have prompted the San Bernardino National Forest to increase fire restrictions on Thursday, September 2. Forest officials are taking these steps to prevent human-caused fires and raise public awareness as the summer continues to get warmer and dryer.  Most wildfires on the San Bernardino National Forest are human-caused and increased restrictions are designed to reduce wildland fires. Forest visitors are reminded to exercise caution when visiting the National Forest and maintain a higher level of awareness with the increased fire risk. Travelers through the Forest should remain on designated roads and never park on dry brush or grass.   Fire restrictions and guidelines effective September 2, 2010 on the San Bernardino National Forest are as follows: Wood and charcoal fires are permitted only in campgrounds and picnic grounds and within agency provided fire rings or camp stoves.   Forest Rangers may further restrict campfires from campgrounds under extreme fire conditions.  Wood and charcoal fires are not permitted at Yellow Post campsites due to high fire danger.  Propane and gas stoves only at Yellow Post sites. Campfires are not permitted at walk/hike-in camps on the Mountaintop Ranger District: 1.        Fisherman’s Group Camp west of Green Valley Lake 2.        Holcomb PCT Trail Camp north of Green Valley Lake 3.        Bench PCT Camp north of Green...

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