US Forest Service - Cleveland National Forest (CA)

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Angeles Inyo Lassen Modoc Sequoia Six Rivers
Cleveland Klamath Los Padres Plumas Shasta-Trinity Stanislaus
Eldorado Lake Tahoe BMU Mendocino San Bernardino Sierra Tahoe

Cleveland National Forest (CNF - Forest #02) "Cleveland" KME 2-3

The Cleveland National Forest is the southern-most National Forest in California. Consisting of 460,000 acres, the forest offers a wide variety of terrains and recreational opportunities. On July 1st, 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt signed a declaration that created this National Forest. Now, more than 100 years later, the Cleveland National Forest provides habitat for native wildlife, as well as a natural refuge and playground for many of the 3 million plus residents in the greater San Diego area. This forest consists of mostly of chaparral, with a few riparian areas. A warm dry Mediterranean climate prevails over the Forest. A major issue on the forest is illegal immigration in the form of abandoned campfires, trash, user built trails and visitor safety. The forest has a special hand crew (non fire) whose sole purpose is the clean up the mess left behind by illegal immigrates.

The Cleveland has the smallest area of conifer (needled trees) forest (93,000 acres) of any National Forest in California and the old growth portion of it is only 3,856 acres, almost all of it Jeffrey Pine (Pinus jeffreyi).

The forest is divided into the Descanso (District 2), Palomar (District 3) and Trabuco (District 4) Ranger Districts with the Forest Supervisor's Office in Rancho Bernardo.

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CNF Stations
Trabuco District Palomar District Descanso District
Station 21-Corona, Dist HQ Station 31-Oak Grove Station 41-Descanso
Station 22-Temescal Station 32- Lake Henshaw Station 42- Mt. Laguna
Station 23-El Cariso Station 33- Pine Hill Station 43-Cameron
Station 24-Bear Creek Station 34-Palomar Station 44-Cottonwood
Station 25-San Juan Station 35-San Vicente Station 45-Glencliff
Station 26-Trabuco Station 36-Mt. Palomar Station 46- Japatul Valley
Station 27-Silverado Station 39-Goose Valley
Station 28-Case Springs


This forest has a forest net, admin net and service net. There are are no direct, or simplex, channels for these 3 nets. The number and location of remote bases is not known, but it would be safe to assume that there is one for each ranger district. There are 11 repeater sites on the forest, with Forest Net repeaters on all 11, Admin Net on 8 and Service Net on just 3. There is one tone dedicated to the operation of a portable repeater that is capable of operating on all three nets. The input or repeater selection tone is not transmitted on the repeater output frequency, rather all repeaters transmit Tone 8 (103.5) on the output.


The unit identifiers follow the function name, district, position number system. Employees assigned to the Forest Supervisor's Office have identifiers beginning with the number 1. The Cleveland National Forest Emergency Communications Center is co-located with Cal Fire's Monte Vista Interagency Communications Center. The ECC also dispatches for the USMC Camp Pendleton (fire function only), the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex, the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge and the Viejas and Sycuan Indian Reservations. The San Diego Refuge units IDs start with a "5." It is a 24 hour operation. The ECC identifies as "Cleveland."

Channel Plan

Cleveland National Forest Channel Lineup
Channel Tone(s) Rx Tx Alpha Tag Description
1 1-12 171.4250 164.8000 CNF 1 Forest Forest Repeater Net
2 All excp. 1,6,8 171.1375 164.5000 CNF 2 Admin Admin Repeater Net
3 2,5,10 171.5000 164.8250 CNF 3 Service USFS Southern CA Service Repeater Net
5 168.2000 168.2000 CNF 5 NIFC T2 NIFC Tac 2
6 166.5500 166.5500 CNF 6 R5 T4 R5 Tac 4 Palomar Ranger District Initial Attack
7 167.1125 167.1125 CNF 7 R5 T5 R5 Tac 5 Trabuco Ranger District Initial Attack
8 168.2375 168.2375 CNF 8 R5 T6 R5 Tac 6 Descanso Ranger District Initial Attack
9 151.1900 151.1900 CNF 9 CF Loc Cal Fire MVU Local Direct (Note: Tone 3 - 131.8 Rx Side)
10 151.3550 159.3000 CNF F10 CF C1 Cal Fire Command 1 (Note: Tone 8 - 103.5 Tx/Rx Side)
11 151.2650 159.3300 CNF 11 CF C2 Cal Fire Command 2 (Note: Tone 8 - 103.5 Tx/Rx Side)
12 151.3400 159.3450 CNF 12 CF C3 Cal Fire Command 3 (Note: Tone 8 - 103.5 Tx/Rx Side)
13 151.2500 151.2500 CNF 13 CF T5 Cal Fire Tac 5 (Note: Tone 16 - 192.8 Tx/Rx Side)
14 151.4600 151.4600 CNF 14 CF T12 Cal Fire Tac 12 (Note: Tone 16 - 192.8 Tx/Rx Side)
15 151.3775 151.3775 CNF 15 CF T13 Cal Fire Tac 13 (Note: Tone 16 - 192.8 Tx/Rx Side)(Used per authorization of South Ops only.
16 169.1125 169.1125 A/G 59 CA4 (P) National Air-Ground 59 CA Zone 4 Primary

Channel 4 is not listed on 2016 official documents.


CNF Repeaters
Tone Location CTCSS Tone
1 Sierra 110.9
2 Santiago Peak 123.0
3 Elsinore 131.8
4 High Point 136.5
5 Cuyumaca 146.2
6 Ortega 156.7
7 Los Pinos 167.9
8 Boucher 103.5
9 Lyons Peak 100.0
10 Portable Repeater 107.2
11 Black Mtn. 114.8
12 Sitton Peak 127.3

All repeaters transmit Tone 8 - 103.5 on the output frequency.

Related Links

  • National Incident Radio Support Cache - These frequencies are used for large incidents, usually when a Type I or Type II Incident Management Team is assigned. This cache is used for fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, visits of high ranking officials, such the U.S. President and the presidents of other countries, large law enforcement incidents, special events and other incidents where the federal government is utilizing the Incident Command System.

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US Forests in California:

Angeles Inyo Lassen Modoc Sequoia Six Rivers
Cleveland Klamath Los Padres Plumas Shasta-Trinity Stanislaus
Eldorado Lake Tahoe BMU Mendocino San Bernardino Sierra Tahoe