Los Padres officials are reminding Fourth of July visitors that the possession or use of fireworks is strictly prohibited in the forest at all times. Rangers and law enforcement officers patrolling the forest will be strictly enforcing the ban throughout the long weekend. A violation of the law could result in a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail. In addition, anyone causing a wildfire is potentially liable for all costs associated with suppressing the fire.
Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, Level III fire restrictions went into effect June 14, 2016. Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest except for designated Campfire Use sites (developed car campgrounds) Campfires are NOT allowed in the backcoungtry; however persons with a valid CA 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 at http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/ .
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Los Padres National Forest officials announced that West Cuesta Ridge Road (a.k.a. TV Tower Road) will be temporarily closed to motorized vehicles until road repairs are completed. Forest Order 15-12 is effective from November 1, 2015, through October 31, 2016, unless rescinded earlier upon completion of road repairs. CLICK HERE for more road closure information
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.