Smokey Bear said it best: Only YOU can prevent wildfires!
Mono County is home to about 95% public land, with vast forested wilderness, alpine meadows and high desert terrain. The beautiful landscape and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities are a big reason why people choose to visit or live here. These simple rules will help keep our paradise safe from fire devastation:
- Observe all local fire restrictions - there may be several in place, depending on jurisdiction. Please check each website for more detailed information. Currently:
- Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Bridgeport Ranger District (760) 932-7070 - Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
- Inyo National Forest (Mono and Mammoth Lakes Ranger Districts are within Mono County) (760) 873-2500 - Stage 1 Fire Restrictions as of 10/9/21
- Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bishop Field office (760) 872-5000 - Fire restrictions in place
- Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District (760) 934-2300 - Residential, recreational fires prohibited
- Mono County Sheriff's Office (760) 932-7549 - 8/17/21 Mono County ordinance: Outdoor fires, including campfires, bonfires, pit fires, stick fires or any other open flame fire are prohibited on all private lands within the unincorporated area of Mono County and within all County-operated campgrounds (i.e., Lundy Campground). Propane or charcoal barbecues used for cooking are excluded at this time.
- Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) - camping and fires are never permitted on LADWP land.
- Get a free, mandatory campfire permit at a local visitor center or by visiting ReadyForWildfire.org. California campfire permits are required for the use of any portable stove, regardless of fire restriction level, in the state of California.
- If camp fires and stoves are allowed:
- Bring your free, mandatory campfire permit with you (get one at a local visitor center or by visiting ReadyForWildfire.org).
- Prepare the area: clear all sticks, pine cones and other flammable materials at least five feet away in all directions from the campfire.
- Keep a shovel and a bucket of water nearby.
- Keep campfires small.
- Never leave campfire or lit camp stove unattended.
- Do NOT build a campfire if it is windy.
- Ensure your campfire is completely extinguished before you leave. Drown it, stir it, feel it - douse the fire with water, stir the ashes, and make sure nothing is still smoldering below the surface.
- Other considerations:
- Fire pits: there may also be restrictions on wood burning fire pits at private, residential properties. Please check with the local fire department or Mono County Sheriff's Office at (760) 932-7549.
- Charcoal grills: there may also be restrictions on charcoal grills. Please check with the local fire department, Mono County Sheriff's Office, or be aware of signage posted at parks, campgrounds, etc.
- Be aware of where you park. Hot mufflers and catalytic converters can easily ignite brush on fire. Maintain your vehicle's brakes and tire pressure. Blowouts and scraping metal cause sparks. If towing, make sure nothing is dragging.
- Personal fireworks are prohibited in Mono County. Local fire departments supervise public fireworks displays on Independence Day in Mammoth Lakes, Crowley Lake and Bridgeport.
Questions? Please call us at 800-845-7922.