Current Fire Restrictions


Level III Fire Restrictions Take Effect on the Los Padres National Forest 

GOLETA, CA, May 19, 2014…Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, Los Padres National Forest officials announced that Level III fire restrictions will go into effect beginning today, May 19, 2014. The following restrictions will be rigorously enforced until this Forest Order expires:

• Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest except for 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 outside of designated Campfire Use Sites. 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 10 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.

• 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.

• 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.)

A list designated Campfire Use Sites is attached. 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