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Mountains closed due to extreme fire danger

Submitted By: C Miller on Oct 25, 2007


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From the USFS website -

Due to extreme fire activity, and to protect public health and safety, San Bernardino National Forest officials are implementing a forest closure, effective October 23, 2007. The closure prohibits public entry to the forest, with few exceptions, and will last until the extreme conditions subside.

The few exceptions to the closure allow access to the Serrano Campground, the Alpine Pedal Path and the Juniper Point Parking Area. Access to these sites is deemed safe, but visitors must remain vigilant and tend to current fire restrictions, including no smoking or no wood or charcoal fires anywhere on the forest.

Organizations holding special use permits for sanctioned activities within the forest are also exempt from this order, including recreational residences and organizational camps, but occupants must remain within the permit boundaries.

While the closure is in effect, going into or being upon National Forest System lands, roads, or trails within the San Bernardino National Forest is not allowed. The closure will affect the use of all national forest recreational facilities, roads and hiking trails. Violators are subject to fines and/or imprisonment.

County roads and state highways may be affected by fire activity but are not included in this forest closure. Drivers are urged to seek information about closures, be aware of fire activity in the area and to use extreme caution.

For further information about the closure or fires currently burning on the San Bernardino National Forest, contact the Fire Information Center at 909-383-5688.


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By KCP
From: Eldorado Springs, CO
Oct 31, 2007

A news report, released this morning, said that a young boy came forward and admitted to having started thes fires. See the story here.

By Pat W
Nov 2, 2007

I just called the forest service yesterday to inquire about when they might reopen San Bernadino National Forest. The ranger I talked to said that the forest would be closed "until the temperatures drop and we get some rain." With no rain and warmish temperatures forecasted for the next week, its not likely the forest will open any time soon. Kind of a bummer, we're missing some prime climbing weather.

By Steve Powell
From: Alhambra, California
Nov 5, 2007

does this affect bouldering at the Tramway?

By C Miller
Administrator
Nov 6, 2007

Yes, while the Tramway itself is open for business the forest beyond is closed.

By Matthew Fienup
Administrator
From: Ventura, CA
Nov 8, 2007

The National Forest emergency closure has been lifted, as of today. Some areas near Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead remain closed. For more information, click here