California Wildfires & Fire Information
Extreme drought conditions means super high wildfire dangers for all of California. As of August 1st, nearly 60% of the golden state is under EXCEPTIONAL drought, one level up from the 'extreme' classification. We are more than one years worth of water overdue.
Wildfires in California are quiet common and occur annually in the later part of the year (summer - autumn) when the natural vegetation, brush and forests are the driest. Drought.gov will show just how bad the drought conditions are currently in the Western U.S.
California is currently experiencing extreme fire dangers, so many parks and forest areas have higher than normal restrictions. The new normal is becoming extreme, as you can imagine. Campfires are allowed only inside developed campgrounds and in some severe dry brush regions - no campfires at all are allowed at all (even inside metal ring in a campground).
Numerous agencies handle wildland fires inside California: National Forest Service, California Dept of Fire (also known as Cal Fire), Individual County Fire Crews and the BLM. Below listed are some helpful links to various web sites on California Wild Fires
Fire Incident Web Site is a national database, which covers almost all current wildfires and their containment.
Cal Fire Map -
Wildfire Incidents by California Department of Forestry & Fires covers fires being fought by the Calfire team.
rural mountain living
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Private property brush clearance, forest homes and cabin owners should visit fire safety web site
California Fire Safe Council
But what about my camping destination?
Is that affected by the fire restrictions too?
Yes, most likely. Call the local rangers to find out more up to date info on your specific camp or trailhead.
Many state and federal agencies manage of the wild lands and parks around California, so find general destinations below by agency. Call or check local ranger station closest to the campground in the region where you plan to stay.
- BLM - Bureau of Land Management
- California USDA National Forests
- California State Parks & Beaches
- California Wilderness Areas