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Fire Restrictions in Joshua Tree National Park

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Date: June 21, 2021
Contact: Jennifer Albrinck, 760-367-5520

Due to hot, dry weather conditions, high winds, and increasing fire danger, Joshua Tree National Park will implement fire restrictions at the direction of the Superintendent, beginning Monday, June 21, 2021.

The restriction encompasses the entire park including all campgrounds, residential areas, and backcountry sites. 

Fire restrictions will be in effect that prohibit the following: 

  1. Wood burning and charcoal fires, including campfires, warming fires, and charcoal barbeques are prohibited. The use of liquid petroleum or LPG fueled devices that can be turned on and off, such as stoves, lanterns, or heating devices are allowed if used in an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials within 3 feet of the device. 
  2. Outdoor smoking, except as specifically exempted within an enclosed vehicle.  
  3. Fireworks, explosives, and any incendiary devices are always prohibited on public lands. 

These restrictions are being implemented in coordination with multiple agencies in response to current and predicted weather and fuel conditions, as well as corresponding fire danger rating levels. The purpose is to reduce the risk of fire, to promote public health and safety, and to protect resources during this time. These restrictions will remain in effect until significant precipitation falls and fire danger levels subside.

Visitors should recreate responsibly and use extra caution recreating on public lands when fire danger is increased. Firefighter and public safety remain the highest priority during wildfire season.

For the latest fire information in Joshua Tree National Park, please visit our website at Fire Regime - Joshua Tree National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (

To learn more about fire restrictions and readiness plans on other public lands in California please visit

Last updated: June 22, 2021

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