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Fire Weather Information

Fire Sign 3 - Smokey the BearFire weather information is gathered from each of the Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS) and is translated into public notifications about the potential fire danger and threats to public safety. These fire danger notification signs can be found in many of the parks and display the current level of dangerous fire potential.  Wildfires are potentially devastating to our parks, homes, and lives.  As the weather becomes hotter and dryer, our outdoor behavior must change due to the increased risk of fire during the fire season.

Fire Danger Information Sign

A number of our parks have fire danger information signs near their entrances. Below are explanations to each fire danger level that you may see around the park. Please note that with each fire danger level are associated behavioral changes that can help us to avoid any additional fire threats.

Fire Danger Alert

Fire Restriction Levels

When fire danger levels are “low,” “moderate,” or “high” there are no restrictions. However, many days from July through October may be rated "extreme" or "very high" and may lead to restrictions in the parks. Fire Restriction Levels are used together with fire danger information to notify the public, contractors and park employees what activities are restricted due to the change in the fire danger.

 Level 2: Extreme  Level 1: Very High

1) Smoking allowed inside enclosed vehicles only.

2) Open fires, campfires or barbeques of any type are not allowed. Gas-fueled stoves are permitted in all areas.

3) Vehicles are restricted to driving only on designated roadways; no cross-country driving.

4) No use of gasoline powered equipment (e.g. mowers in rough areas, weed eaters, chain saws, welders and generators) outside of irrigated areas, designated campgrounds or developed recreational areas.  Maintenance of irrigated areas is permitted. Road grading is permitted provided extra protection fire safety measures approved by the Fire Chief are implemented.

5) Contractors may continue working on District lands provided they institute extra protection fire safety measures approved by the Fire Chief. Contractor operations must be directly supervised by a District representative to ensure specified extra protection fire safety measures are implemented

1) Smoking allowed inside of enclosed vehicles, designated day-use picnic areas, campgrounds or developed recreational areas only.

2) Campfires or barbeques allowed inside of designated day-use picnic areas, campgrounds or developed recreational areas only.  Gas-fueled stoves are permitted in all areas.

3) Vehicles are restricted to driving only on designated roadways; no cross-country driving.

4) No use of gasoline powered equipment (eg. mowers in rough areas, weed eaters, chain saws, welders and generators) outside of irrigated areas, designated campgrounds or developed recreational areas unless extra protection fire safety measures approved by the Fire Chief are implemented


Closures:  Closures will only occur in the parks when both the fire department has limited resources to fight fire and the National Weather Service declares a Red Flag Warning. A Red Flag Warning is declared when there is a likelihood of hot, dry winds from the East, called Diablo Winds, or a prediction of lightning severe storms.

Remember to check the Park Closures and Notices page online for current fire weather conditions and parkland restrictions. If the sign or other public notice says the fire danger is "extreme" or "very high," please plan to take extra care.

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