Anticipated to be Busy In The Forest 

 

 

The San Bernardino National Forest is preparing for one of the biggest recreation weekends of the year, as forest visitors come to enjoy camping, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and a variety of other recreational activities on the national forest in celebration of our country’s independence.

“While some portions of the San Bernardino National Forest have been impacted by the on-going Lake Fire near Barton Flats, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the forest, and our Visitor Center staff can guide you to alternate locations,” said Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron.  

“I am encouraging our visitors to plan ahead, and be fire-aware during their forest visit.  With your help, we can make this a safe and enjoyable holiday”.

Campers impacted by the fire related campground closures may call California Land Management Serrano Campground office at 909-866-8550 regarding the campground closures.

For information regarding the Lake Fire, and areas temporarily closed, please visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or call (909) 383-5688.   

Visitors to the Forests need to be aware of current fire restrictions in place on national forest lands within the San Bernardino National Forest:  

Ø No possession or use of fireworks. 

Ø No wood or charcoal fires are permitted. 

Ø An approved spark arrester is required for all off-highway vehicles.

Ø Smoking is only permitted within enclosed buildings or vehicles. 

Ø Recreational shooting is limited to Public Shooting Ranges operated under special use permit only, except those engaged in legal hunting.

Forest visitors are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” and call ahead to the local Ranger Station to check on location conditions and restrictions at the following offices: 

Big Bear Discovery Center                                         909-382-2790

Lytle Creek Ranger Station                                        909-382-2851

Idyllwild Ranger Station                                            909-382-2922

Millcreek Ranger Station                                                    909-382-2881

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains

National Monument Visitors Center 760-862-9984    

About the U.S. Forest Service:

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the U.S. Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.  Learn more at http://www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf

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