With the Super Bowl over, it is time to start thinking about Camping Season.
A California Campfire Permit is only good for the calendar year in which it was issued -- so each January you need to get a refresh.
This used to mean having to visit a US Forest Service Office or a CAL FIRE Facility (fingers crossed someone was there when you got there) and, if you were lucky, they had permits in stock.
Now, thanks to the Internet, you can just get a PDF and print an annual Fire Permit from home... when you can find a working CA National Forest Site, which isn't that easy:
This link seems to work reliably though: Sequoia National Forest Campfire Permit, and even though it says "Sequoia Forest" on the website, the permit is good in any National Forest in California.
At the bottom of the page there's a link to a simple 4 question quiz that will give you a California Campfire Permit if you pass it:
Note this screenshot isn't the whole permit -- you have to pass the test to get that.
Have fun burning pinecones!