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Take Care Of Big Bear: Preventing wildfires and practicing campfire safety.

Updated: Sep 14

Preventing wildfires and practicing campfire safety is crucial in Big Bear, California, and other wildfire-prone areas. Big Bear is located in a region with a high risk of wildfires, so it is essential to take precautions to protect the environment and your safety. Here are some guidelines for wildfire prevention and campfire safety in Big Bear:

big bear sign fire danger


Check Fire Restrictions

Before heading to Big Bear, check any fire restrictions or bans in place in the area. These restrictions may change based on weather conditions and fire danger levels.


Campfire Permits

Obtain the necessary permits for campfires from your local authorities. You may need both a California Campfire Permit and a San Bernardino National Forest Adventure Pass, depending on your location.



campfire permits big bear lake

Choose the correct location

Use established campfires or designated campfire areas, if available. Otherwise, choose a clear location, away from overhanging branches, dry grass, and other flammable materials. These 13 yellow post sites are individual camping sites. Each campsite is available on a first-come-first-serve basis. No reservations.

big bear campfire location

Prepare the campfire site

Remove leaves, twigs, and other flammable debris within a 10-foot radius of the fire pit.


Keep the fire small

Keep your campfire small and manageable. A smaller fire is easier to control and less likely to spread.


Have adequate water and tools

Always have a bucket of water, a shovel, and a fire extinguisher or fire blanket nearby. These tools can be used to quickly extinguish a fire if it starts to spread.


Respect fire prohibitions

If there are fire restrictions or prohibitions due to the high risk of fire, please strictly adhere to them. This may mean forgoing a campfire altogether

fire restrictions

Use safe firewood

Only use locally sourced firewood, as transporting firewood from other areas can introduce pests and diseases to the region.

dont move firewood

Maintain constant supervision

Never leave a campfire unattended, even for a short period. Assign someone to watch the fire at all times.


Properly extinguish the fire

When you are done with the fire, drown it with water, remove the ashes, and drown it again. Make sure the fire is completely out and cool to the touch before leaving the site.


Be aware of weather conditions

Be aware of weather conditions, such as wind, which can quickly spread embers and start a forest fire. If it's windy, reconsider making a campfire.


Dispose of cigarettes properly

If you smoke, be sure to properly dispose of your butts in a designated container. Never throw them on the ground.


Educate yourself and others

Educate yourself and your fellow campers on wildfire safety and the importance of responsible campfire practices.


By following these guidelines, you can help prevent wildfires and ensure the safety of both the natural environment and yourself while enjoying the beautiful wilderness of Big Bear and similar areas. Always stay informed about current fire conditions and be prepared to adjust your plans accordingly.

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