The Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District does allow recreational fires on the property you own with the appropriate permit. Recreational fires may be prohibited during the fire season and are not permitted during periods of high winds/high fire danger, or at any time the U.S. Forest Service or MLFD deems it necessary to protect the lives and property of the community.


Penal Code 4423.1
Burning under permit by any person on public or private lands, except within incorporated cities, may be suspended, restricted, or otherwise prohibited by proclamation. Any of the following public officers may issue a proclamation, which shall be applicable within their respective jurisdictions:
(a) The director or his or her designee.
(b) Any county fire warden with the approval of the director.
(c) The federal officers directing activities within California of the United States Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, and the United States Forest Service.
The proclamation may be issued when, in the judgment of the issuing public official, the menace of destruction by fire to life, improved property, or natural resources is, or is forecast to become, extreme due to critical fire weather, fire suppression forces being heavily committed to control fires already burning, acute dryness of the vegetation, or other factors that may cause the rapid spread of fire. A proclamation is effective on issuance or at a time specified therein and shall remain in effect until a proclamation removing the suspension, restriction, or prohibition is issued. The proclamation may be effective for a single day or longer. The proclamation shall declare the conditions that necessitate its issuance, designate the geographic area to which it applies, require that all or specified burning under permit be suspended, restricted, or prohibited until the conditions necessitating the proclamation abate, and identify the public official issuing the proclamation. The proclamation may be in the form of a verbal or audio recorded telephone message, a press release, or a posted order.
The proclamation may be issued without complying with Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) and Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

Penal Code: 4423.5
Use of open fire or burning under permit within an area closed by proclamation pursuant to the provisions of Section 4423.1, is a misdemeanor and any person upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100). No part of such fine shall be suspended. The court may permit the fine prescribed by this section to be paid in installments if the court determines that the defendant is unable to pay the fine in one lump sum.
You can view our recreational fire permit below, as well as download an application to submit to the


2013 California Fire Code, Local Amendment
Section F105.6.30.1/307.4.2 Recreational Fires is amended to include:

Recreational fires outside of approved campgrounds are prohibited without the approval and permit from the fire code official, following the submission, review, and approval of a permit application and a site inspection. All fire rings shall require a screened cover with mesh screening no greater than 1/2 of an inch in size and large enough to cover the entire ring or structure used for burning. The exception for one and two-family dwellings is eliminated; a permit is required and can only be obtained by the property owner. Propane operated appliances are exempt. Recreational fire permits are effective January 1 through December 31, the year of issuance.  Permits must be renewed annually.


A permit for a recreational fire may be issued upon compliance with applicable sections of the California Fire Code and the following requirements:


A. Permittee:
The applicant for the permit must be the property owner and must be present during all burning.

B. Material Restrictions:
Open burning of trash, rubbish, paper goods, flammable or combustible liquids, vegetation (slash), etc., is prohibited. Only wood or charcoal may be burned under this permit. At any time, if the materials being burnt produce offensive smoke or odor to surrounding properties, such recreational fire shall be extinguished. Starter liquid is allowed when used per the manufacturer's recommendations.

C. Notification:
The permit holder is required to inquire about the fire hazard risk by either contacting the United States Forest Service (USFS) Fire Prevention desk (760) 924-5536 or at USFS Dispatch (760) 873-2405. Otherwise, you can visit the "Smokey Bear" sign as you enter Mammoth on Hwy 203 across from the Town/USFS Visitor Center, in front of the Mammoth RV Park. Burning shall not occur when the USFS has determined the fire hazard risk as "VERY HIGH" or "EXTREME."

D. Time and atmospheric conditions:
Burning shall be performed only when time and atmospheric conditions comply with the limits outlined in this fire permit. In addition to the USFS fire hazard risk, the Fire District, due to inclement weather conditions or high winds that pose an increased fire hazard to the community, may temporarily discontinue fire permits. Fire permits may be suspended by other government entities regulating air emissions. Before burning, the permit holder must contact (760) 934-1010 and listen to the recording to ensure that air quality conditions are permissible for burning. Permitted recreational fires shall not be allowed to burn past midnight of the day initiated, or by any time period as established by a special use permit issued by the USFS or the Fire District. Burning shall be completely extinguished by before midnight or the designated time.

E. Outdoor location:
Permitted burning shall occur only in an approved site. This site must be inspected and approved by a member of the Fire District before any burning. The approved site must be ringed with non-combustible material, with a maximum diagonal dimension of 3 feet for any one dimension, and is not to be within 20 feet of combustible materials. Ground cover within this clearance area is to be maintained and free of combustible material. Such clearance requirements also apply to the storage of flammable or combustible liquids or gases. Flame heights are not to exceed 3 feet above fuel bed. Any flying material emitted from the fuel bed shall be monitored to reduce the hazard of fire extension from the burn site. Fire rings shall require a cover of screened mesh no greater than ½ inch in size and large enough to cover the entire ring or structure used for burning.

F. Fire suppression equipment:
The permit holder is required to have a garden hose supplied with water, shovel, and/or other firefighting equipment, as required by the permit (site-specific needs), and all equipment shall be maintained in a serviceable state and be immediately available at the site for use.

G. Attendance:
A competent adult shall continuously attend and know how to use the fire suppression equipment. The permit holder is required to be in attendance of any such fires.
By signing and acceptance of this permit, the permit holder grants the right of inspection by representatives of the Fire District at any time during the burning operation to determine if a fire hazard exists that is significant enough to require discontinuance of the burning operation.

H. Discontinuance:
The Fire District reserves the right to require that the fire be immediately extinguished if a representative determines that the fire constitutes a hazardous condition. The Fire District may revoke the permit at any time for non-compliance to any of the above items or due to fire severity conditions.



It is the permit holder's responsibility to ensure that conditions are in accordance with applicable State and Local fire regulations.




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