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Fire Restrictions Lifted on the Mendocino National Forest

The following press release was issued by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service:

Mendocino National Forest from San Hederein [Picture by Matt LaFever]

Fire restrictions across the Mendocino National Forest will end on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. Beginning Wednesday, forest visitors in possession of a valid California Campfire Permit may have open campfires and camp stoves anywhere on the forest including designated wilderness areas, dispersed campsites, and in developed recreation sites, including campgrounds.

Campfire Permits are free and are available at all U.S. Forest Service, BLM, or CAL FIRE offices, or online at

“Cooler weather, increased humidity and precipitation have reduced the threat of extreme fire danger,” said Forest Fire Management Officer Curtis Coots. “It’s everybody’s job to prevent wildfires. Practice fire safety, stay alert and drown your campfires.”

Fireworks are never allowed on public lands. Fire officials also want to remind visitors to take care with firearms. Recreational shooting has caused large fires in the past.

Please follow campfire best practices: 

  • Clear all flammable material away from the fire for a minimum of five feet in all directions.
  • Make a fire only if you have a shovel and sufficient water to put it out.
  • Have a responsible person in attendance at all times.
  • Never leave your campfire unattended.
  • Never build a campfire on a windy day.
  • Make sure your campfire is completely out. Drown it with water and stir with dirt, making sure all burned materials are extinguished. Feel with your hand to make sure it’s out cold.


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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
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