4th of July
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Fireworks of any kind are prohibited in Big Bear and the San Bernardino Mountains. Campfires outside of legally designated areas are also prohibited and result in heavy fines. Please report any illegal fireworks or fire activity!
DO NOT BRING FIREWORKS TO BIG BEAR LAKE
From the Big Bear Lake Fire Department:
Fireworks can be beautiful, but they can be unpredictable and deadly. Numerous fires have resulted from the use of personal fireworks, not to mention causing severe injuries to the users. Personal fireworks are illegal throughout Big Bear Valley, including “safe and sane” fireworks. In addition, all fireworks that explode, shoot into the air or move along the ground are termed dangerous and are illegal anywhere in California.
Big Bear Fire Department’s Assistant Chief-Fire Marshal Mike Maltby stated, “The only fireworks allowed in Big Bear are the professional 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular over the lake. No personal fireworks are allowed. Fire officials will be issuing citations with fines up to $1,000 for fireworks violations.”
Big Bear Fire Department encourages the community to be safe and sane this holiday, and if someone is seen using personal fireworks, call (909) 866-7566 or text (909) 731-4887 immediately.
CAMPFIRES ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED OUTSIDE DESIGNATED AREAS
San Bernardino National Forest prohibits campfires outside of agency-provided fire rings or designated sites. Remember that regulations governing campfires are specific to each National Forest. Campfires may only be started within:
- Developed Campgrounds (i.e. Serrano, Holcomb Valley, etc.)
Campfires are not allowed anywhere else at any time of the year. It is also illegal to build a fire while camping remotely (outside of a developed camping area). Additional restrictions on campfires may be implemented as fire danger increases, always check with the local Ranger Station before heading out to your site. A citation for violating fire restrictions prompts a mandatory court appearance. It is a federal offense punishable as a Class B misdemeanor, by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months or both.