Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest including designated Campfire Use sites; however persons with a valid CA 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. CA Campfire Permits are available from the Los Padres NF 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 a responsible person attend the stove at all times when it is in use.
NO campfires or the use of portable stoves are allowed in the backcountry or disperse camp areas (outside of designated Campfire Use Sites)
In anticipation of inclement weather, the Arroyo Seco Indians Road will be closed at Memorial Park Campground and Piney Creek Road will be closed at the first gate.. This closure will be in place for the protection of the public and to reduce damage to these recently graded roads. This is a temporary closure; these roads will reopen as conditions permit. For more information, please contact the Monterey Ranger District at (831) 385-5434, or on-line at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres/.
Conditions in the forest can change rapidly, sometimes on a daily basis. It is recommended that forest visitors contact the ranger station nearest to the area that they wish to visit, for the most current information. Monterey 831-385-5434, Santa Maria 805-925-9538, Santa Barbara 805-967-3481, Ojai 805-646-4348, Frazier Park 661-245-3731.
In response to the increasing potential for a wildland fire start, Los Padres National Forest officials announced that Level 2 fire restrictions will be implemented throughout the forest beginning August 18, 2011. These restrictions will affect the use of campfires, stoves, smoking materials and internal combustion engines, and will remain in effect until the end of fire season in late autumn.
Hunting is not allowed within the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area of the Santa Barbara Ranger District. A Forest Order has been issued to provide for public safety and will remain in effect through February 29, 2012. Violators are subject to a $5,000 fine for an individual or $10,000 for an organization or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. Law enforcement personnel will strictly enforce the prohibition and the public is strongly encouraged to report any violations to the Los Prietos Ranger Station. For information about authorized hunting areas on the Santa Barbara Ranger District, call (805) 967-3481.