San Bernardino National Forest Status & Visitation Info

Posted: 09/08/20

Due to unprecedented and dangerous fire conditions, the USDA Forest Service announced the closure and fire restrictions for the San Bernardino National Forest. We are asking visitors to postpone visits to Big Bear Lake.

As of Sept. 7, 2020, San Bernardino National Forest is closed. This means no camping, hiking, OHVing, scenic driving and permitted wood cutting is allowed in the forest. At this time, there are no active fires threatening Big Bear Lake. However, due to smoke drifting from other fires, air quality is very poor. These restrictions are for public safety and to reduce the potential for human caused fires. Restrictions include lake shore recreation on national forest land.

“The wildfire situation throughout California is dangerous and must be taken seriously. Existing fires are displaying extreme fire behavior, new fire starts are likely, weather conditions are worsening, and we simply do not have enough resources to fully fight and contain every fire,” said Randy Moore, Regional Forester for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region. “We are bringing every resource to bear nationally and internationally to fight these fires, but until conditions improve, and we are confident that National Forest visitors can recreate safely, the priority is always to protect the public and our firefighters. With these extreme conditions, these temporary actions will help us do both.”

Rescheduling & Cancelling Lodging Reservations

Visitors are being asked to postpone trips to Big Bear Lake and surrounding mountain communities while fire personnel work to extinguish the El Dorado fire. Though evacuation orders have not been given at this time, they can be ordered quickly and with very little notice. To evacuate all Big Bear residents plus numerous visitors will take considerable time and with one major highway (Hwy. 38) closed, this could pose a risk to safety.

Should you need to cancel your lodging reservation, you will need to directly contact the facility or property management company you booked with. As a third party booking platform, you may not cancel reservations from