Severe drought means trouble for wildfire season ahead. EXPECT HIGH FIRE DANGER and tighter campfire restrictions for summer – STATEWIDE

So far this year, CAL FIRE has responded to over 2,257 wildfires across the state. This is well above the year-to-date average of 1,394 wildfires. Unfortunately the outlook does not offer much better news, as it calls for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation over the next several months. This means the potential for large fires is greater than usual.

100 degree temps in May for Central & SoCal means this is gonna be another record breaking kinda year. San Diego kicks off the 2014 wildfire season early w/ numerous fires in the north county. The west coast drought is now in a second year of “extreme conditions” and all the forests in California are super dry, so primitive camping w/ a campfire will be limited. Be very cautious using flame, barbeques, stoves, fuels, candles. And best to know the fire restrictions in the forest you plan to visit before you get up there.

Current Campfire Conditions

100% of California is under extreme campfire restrictions, which means no open fires in the backcountry or in dispersed campsites on the back roads.

Campfires only allowed inside developed campgrounds
or in designated fire safe areas in ALL forests -

Camp Fires

fire force PMC

and you may still need a camp fire permit!

drought map California

living the driest years in California history

Youtubewhich means extreme conditions: super dry vegetation, wildfire dangers, minimal snow, dry creeks and waterfalls,  ultra low rivers and reservoirs,  even bone dry alpine lakes. Weather extremes are now becoming the new norm, so it has many people wondering — Are the geo-engineering guys doing their job? Are experimental scientists getting the results they had hoped for? Spraying us w/ particulates is only speeding up the whole “poisoning the planet to death” situation.  Are weather modification programs working to control our climate, shield us from the big baking sun or just increase lung disease?

topographic maps: California

splitmtn_iWith gasoline over $4 per gallon on the West Coast and with the economic recovery is no where to be found, many folks are choosing their minimal vacation time and their destinations more carefully.

Local trips, cheap and closer to home. Gone are the days when we could easily bolt away for weeks of vacation to explore the scenic back roads, burning hundreds of gallons in a single outing and dining at cute cafes along the way.

Total Escape can show you how to camp for FREE on the dirt back roads. Or you can find the smallest campgrounds, off the main highway. Gassing up the rig should be the most expensive portion of the trip. You really cannot include groceries in your trip expenses, since you would be eating these anyway at home. Grab your gear and enjoy a weekend away from everything and everyone. Outdoor recreation is what you seek.  Spectacular scenery is what you desire. Fresh mountain air is what you need. Bring saw for free firewood. Bring good maps to avoid crowds and find smaller secluded camps.