Current Fire Restrictions - Level IV Fire Restrictions

Level IV Fire Restrictions in Effect

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 23, 2016. 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 within the designated Campfire Use Sites only. 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

A list of 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 call the local Ranger Station for more information on conditions and restrictions.

Santa Barbara Ranger District – (805) 967-3481               

Ojai Ranger District – (805) 646-4348

Mt. Pinos Ranger District – (661) 245-3731                      

Santa Lucia Ranger District – (805) 925-9538

Monterey Ranger District – (831) 385-5434

For a list of designated Campfire Use Sites, CLICK HERE and see list below. 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


Campfire Use Sites

Monterey Ranger District
Arroyo Seco Campground / Group Camp (closed due to Soberanes Fire) 
Arroyo Seco Day Use Area  (closed due to Soberanes Fire)
Bottchers Gap Campground  (closed due to Soberanes Fire)
China Camp  (closed due to Soberanes Fire)
Escondido Campground  (closed due to Soberanes Fire)
Kirk Creek Campground 
Nacimiento Campground
Mill Creek Day Use Area
Plaskett Creek Campground / Group Camp
Ponderosa Campground 
Sand Dollar Day Use Area
Santa Lucia Memorial Park Campground  (closed due to Soberanes Fire)
White Oaks Camp  (closed due to Soberanes Fire)

Santa Lucia Ranger District
American Canyon Campground
Baja Campground
Bates Canyon Campground
Brookshire Campground
Buck Spring Campground
Cerro Alto Campground
Colson Campground
Cumbre Day Use Area (currently closed) 
Davy Brown Campground
Figueroa Campground 
Friis Campground
Hi Mountain Campground
Horseshoe Spring Campground
La Panza Campground
Miranda Pine Campground
Navajo Flat Campground
Nira Campground
Pino Alto Day Use Area (currently closed) 

Santa Barbara Ranger District
Falls Day Use Area (currently closed due to the Rey Fire) 
First Crossing Day Use Area  (currently closed due to the Rey Fire)
Fremont Campground  (currently closed due to the Rey Fire)
Live Oak Day Use Area  (currently closed due to the Rey Fire)
Los Prietos Campground  (currently closed due to the Rey Fire)
Lower Oso Day Use Area  (currently closed due to the Rey Fire)
Middle Santa Ynez Campground  (currently closed due to the Rey Fire)
Mono Campground  (currently closed due to the Rey Fire)
P-Bar Flat Campground  (currently closed due to the Rey Fire) 
Paradise Campground  (currently closed due to the Rey Fire)
Red Rock Day Use Area  (currently closed due to the Rey Fire)
Rock Camp  (currently closed due to the Rey Fire)
Sage Hill Campground  (currently closed due to the Rey Fire)
Upper Oso Campground  (currently closed due to the Rey Fire) 
White Rock Day Use Area  (currently closed due to the Rey Fire)


Ojai Ranger District
Holiday Group Campground
Middle Lion Campground
Pine Mountain Campground
Reyes Peak Campground
Rose Valley Campground
Wheeler Gorge Campground


Mount Pinos Ranger District
Aliso Park Campground
Ballinger Campground
Caballo Campground
Campo Alto Campground
Chuchupate Campground
Chula Vista Campground
Dome Springs Campground
Dutchman Campground
Halfmoon Campground
Kings Camp Campground
Marian Campground
McGill Campground
McGill Group Campground
Mt. Pinos Campground
Pine Springs Campground
Rancho Nuevo Campground
Reyes Creek Campground
Thorn Meadows Campground
Toad Springs Campground
Valle Vista Campground