Current Fire Restrictions

Los Padres National Forest Elevates Fire Restrictions

Forest Order 14-09

Forest Order 14-09 Exhibit A Campfire Use Sites

Forest Order 14-09 Signed Justification Letter

Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that Level IV fire restrictions will go into effect beginning today, August 26, 2014.  The following restrictions will be rigorously enforced until the end of the declared fire season:

  • Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest including designated Campfire Use sites; however persons with a valid California Campfire Permit are allowed to use portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel. California Campfire Permits are available for free download from the Los Padres National Forest website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf). You must clear all flammable material for a distance of five feet in all directions from your camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times when it is in use.

Recreational target shooting is prohibited in all areas of the National Forest unless specifically authorized by a special use permit with the Forest; however, hunting with a valid State of California hunting license during open hunting season is exempt from this restriction.

Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the national forest except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated Campfire Use Site. 

Fireworks are prohibited at all times and in all locations within Los Padres National Forest.

Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order on roads and trails specifically designated for such use. (This restriction is in effect year-round.) 

Violators are subject to a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail, and could be liable for the full cost of any fire suppression activities that result from their actions. For further information regarding current conditions as well as safety tips, contact your nearest Forest Service office or visit the Los Padres National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf

A list designated Campfire Use Sites. For further information regarding current conditions and safety tips, contact your nearest Forest Service office or visit the Los Padres National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.

Visitors are encouraged to “Know Before You Go,” and call the local ranger station for more information on conditions and restrictions. Please remember to do your part in preventing wildfires.

Ranger Stations and Visitor Centers

Mt. Pinos Ranger District
34580 Lockwood Valley Rd.
Frazier Park, CA 93225
Phone: (661) 245-3731

Ojai Ranger District
1190 E. Ojai Ave.
Ojai, CA 93023
Phone: (805) 646-4348

Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center
17017 Maricopa Highway
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 640-9060
Open Sat/Sun 9:00am-3:00pm

Santa Barbara Ranger District
3505 Paradise Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone: (805) 967-3481

Santa Lucia Ranger District
1616 No.Carlotti Dr.
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: (805) 925-9538

Big Sur Multi-Agency Vistor Center
Big Sur, CA (Open Daily 9:00am-4:00pm)
(831) 667-2315

Monterey Ranger District
406 So. Mildred
King City, CA 93930
Phone: (831) 385-5434