Posted by: Stan Russell | September 3, 2022

Illegal campfires will be assessed a $5,000 fine

Illegal campfires will be assessed a $5,000 fine!

It appears that Big Sur will be experiencing extremely hot, dry and windy conditions into Tuesday of next week, coinciding with the end of summer, high visitation, Labor Day, 3 day weekend. It’s tank top weather at night on the South Coast Ridges yet some visitors think it is ok (despite ubiquitous signs and verbal warnings from nearby locals) to start a bonfire. Last night, CABS campfire patrol member Lindsay Romanow got into it with some folks who got belligerent when he asked them to fully extinguish their fire. This is not what should be happening on the public lands in Big Sur.

District Ranger Tim Short is aware and attempting to get a field presence up through the Los Burros, San Martin Top area but is challenged with too few available boots on the ground.

This notification is a request to those coming to visit Big Sur to refrain from any outdoor open flames of any kind. No campfires, No driving over dry grasses or low brush in search of a campsite, No kerosene lanterns that can tip over in the wind, No cigarettes or pipes, tobacco or otherwise.

This notification is also meant to heighten the senses of those of us that live and work in Big Sur. If you see something requiring immediate action to prevent a wildfire, call 911 and explain the situation to the dispatcher. He or she will get the proper available response mobilized.

Have a safe weekend,
Community Association of Big Sur

FOREST ORDER NO. 05-07-00-22-08

A violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 18 U.S.C. §§ 3559, 3571, and 3581.

Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: