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NEW: Online Campfire Permits (PDF)
California suffers numerous wildfires every year. Please don't
be the cause of one. Campfire permits are issued at no charge
to insure fire restrictions are followed correctly. These Southern
California regions are very strict on their permits. Please contact
the forest directly for regulations.
This permit is good for stoves, fuel lanterns or campfires.
Visit a ranger station; show your drivers license to a ranger
& they can issue you a permit after you have reviewed the
precautions & fire safety laws. Campfire permit is valid from
the date issued until the end of the calendar year. It may be
used in any National Forest in Northern California or in the Sierra
Nevada. See fire safety page.
$ FREE annual pass
Most National Forest permit camping outside of developed campgrounds, except for Southern California, where wild fire danger is greatest. Campers must always have a camp fire permit if planning
on burning a campfire outside of a campground. Always double check with ranger to make sure on fire retstriction and if camp fires are permitted.
Must always have a campfire permit outside a developed campground
- Agreement to follow the campfire restrictions & regulations
- Valid from the date issued until the end of the calendar
- May be used in any National Forest in Northern California
or in the Sierra Nevada.
- At camp have shovel, water source & bucket.
Fire restrictions change throughout the year depending on fire
hazard. When no stage restrictions are in effect, you may use
a stove, lantern, or campfire in accordance with the regulations
listed on your permit. Fire hazard is determined by the fuel moisture
content in an area (the amount of moisture present in the surrounding
trees and brush) and by local weather patterns, which include
the temperature, the prevailing winds, and the relative humidity.
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National Forest Wilderness Areas
Sometimes a wilderness permit serves as your fire permit. Other
Wilderness area regulations may require you to have both a fire
permit and a wilderness permit. In wilderness areas where no Wilderness
permit is requied, you must always have a campfire permit to use
a backpack stove or build a fire.
Anza Borrego State Park
will let you camp almost anywhere, but does not allow ground fires.
Use a metal container or fire pit & carry your ashes home.
Renewing Campfire Permit
Your campfire permit must be obtained in person at a
Forest Service office, California Department of Forestry and
Fire Protection office, or Bureau of Land Management Office.
You must renew a previous year's permit in person as well. No more renewals by mail.