SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST/YOSEMITE – Due to cooler weather and higher humidity and moderated fire danger, fire restrictions have been lifted on the Sierra National Forest and in Yosemite National Park effective immediately. This does not include Cal Fire responsibility areas.
Sierra National Forest visitors in possession of a valid California campfire permit may, once again, have open campfires outside of designated campgrounds. The permit is free from any Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) office.
You may also obtain a California Campfire Permit online at: http://www.preventwildfireca.org. However, visitors are still urged to practice fire safety.
“Lifting these restrictions does not mean fire season is over. High fire danger could still occur, particularly if dry, windy conditions prevail,” said Forest Fire Management Officer Joe Reyes. “I want to encourage everyone to be careful with fire while visiting the Sierra National Forest.”
As a reminder, Cal Fire continues to have a statewide burn ban. Please contact your local Cal Fire office for more information.
Yosemite Fire Restrictions
A combination of recent rain and the onset of fall with cooler temperatures and shorter days has reduced the fire danger within Yosemite National Park enabling the Superintendent to lift tire restrictions put in place earlier this year.
By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 2.13(c):
Stage 1 fire restrictions enacted on July 15, 2014, are hereby lifted and the July 15th order rescinded.
- Campfires are once again permitted in Yosemite Wilderness below 6,000 feet in elevation. Year-round fire restrictions may still apply to specific sites in the wilderness.
- Overnight wilderness users are responsible for knowing the fire regulations where they travel. Check with the Wilderness Office about your destination. Fires are prohibited in some areas of the wilderness due to scarcity of wood and resource concerns.
- Use existing campfire rings (do not build new rings), extinguish fires before leaving camp by adding water and stirring the ashes.
- Campfires and cooking fires may be used in designated campgrounds in developed portions of the park in accordance with park regulations. Designated Campgrounds: Upper Pines, Lower Pines, North Pines, Camp 4, Wawona, Bridalveil Creek, Hodgdon Meadow, Crane Flat, Tamarack Flat, White Wolf, Yosemite Creek, Porcupine Flat and Tuolumne Meadows.
- Cooking ñres may be used in designated picnic areas in developed portions of the park in accordance with park regulations. Designated Picnic Areas: Lembert Dome, Tenaya Lake, Yosemite Creek, Wawona, Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point, Cascade, El Capitan, Cathedral Beach, Sentinel Beach, Swinging Bridge, Church Bowl and Lower Yosemite Falls.
- Gather only dead and down wood; do not cut limbs from trees.
- Extinguish cigarettes and properly dispose of the filter.
The Park Service greatly appreciates your cooperation.