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Heading to the San Bernardino National Forest? New Rules Are In Place To Prevent More Fires

Flames from the Apple Fire on Saturday in Cherry Valley, where conditions remain hot and dry. (David McNew/Getty Images)
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New rules are in place to minimize the risk of wildfires in the San Bernardino National Forest. The restrictions come amid hot, dry conditions as the out-of-control Apple Fire burns through forest lands in the San Gorgonio Pass.

Lisa Cox with the San Bernardino National Forest says officials have tightened fire rules for campfires, target shooting and smoking:

"We are no longer allowing campfires in yellow post sites, but you can still have a campfire in a developed campground. We're not allowing recreational shooting in the forest anymore other than the contractors that we have under special use permit in the forest."

Some other rules to keep in mind:
  • Smoking is not allowed except when in a vehicle or in a designated location.
  • You can only barbecue on grill stands at Lake Hemet and Lake Fulmor in Riverside County.
  • All stoves and lanterns must have shut-off valves.

Forest officials say the restrictions will be in place until the wet season arrives in late winter. The Apple Fire, which has burned more than 26,000 acres, is currently listed as 15% contained.

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