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California’s Eastern Sierra

Wildfire Prevention

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, and get a campfire permit at your local visitor center or visit PreventWildfireCa.org
  • Clear all sticks, pine cones and other flammable materials five feet in all directions from the campfire and keep a shovel and a bucket of water nearby. Keep campfires small.
  • Never leave campfire or lit camp stove unattended. Ever.
  • Do NOT build a campfire if it is windy. One less spark, one less wildfire.
  • 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.
  • Be aware of where you park. Hot mufflers can 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 (with the exception of select locations in Bridgeport on July 4th). Local fire departments supervise public fireworks displays on Independence Day in Mammoth Lakes, Crowley Lake and Bridgeport!