The gate at Divide Peak on Romero Camuesa Rd (5N15.1) closed on Monday, January 26 due to impending rain. Due to this closure, there is no vehicle access to the Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area: Big and Little Caliente Hot Springs, Rock Camp, P Bar Flats Campground, Middle Santa Ynez Campground and Mono Campground.
Please call the Santa Barbara Ranger District at (805) 967-3481 for road/gate closure status, Mon - Saturday, 8:00am - 4:30pm.
Santa Lucia Ranger District Office (805) 925-9538
The Santa Lucia Ranger District office located at 1616 N. Carlotti Drive in Santa Maria will be temporarily closed beginning January 26 for construction. We estimate that these important renovations will take up to three weeks to complete. When finished, the office will have a new visitor reception area to better serve the public. We appreciate the public’s patience during the closure.
Visitors are encouraged to call ahead at (805) 925-9538 before visiting the Santa Lucia District Office, or visit the Los Padres website at http://fs.usda.gov/lpnf for current forest information.
Los Padres National Forest officials announced the Supervisor’s Office (SO) was severely damaged in the storm that hit Goleta on 12/12/14. Rain water and mud breached a significant portion of the office, rendering the work space uninhabitable. The office will be closed while contract crews work to repair the extensive damage.
Employees will begin working remotely, or from nearby Los Padres stations, due to environmental factors. Once a comprehensive assessment of the damage is complete, officials will establish a timeline for re-opening the SO and share this information with the public.
For partners, cooperators, volunteers and other members of the public who are working with SO employees, please contact them directly through email or cell phone. If you are unable to reach an SO employee or have questions related to the office closure, please contact Los Padres Public Affairs Officer Andrew Madsen at (805) 895-0841.
Rain across Los Padres National Forest has provided sufficient moisture levels to transition out of High Fire Season and reduce fire restrictions on the forest.
Under the reduced fire restrictions, campfires and charcoal barbeques will be allowed in all areas of Los Padres National Forest. A CA Campfire Permit is required to build a campfire outside of a designated Campfire Use Site. You can obtain a CA Campfire Permit and a list of Campfire Use Sites from the Los Padres National Forest website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf).
Visitors who construct wood or charcoal fires outside of designated Campfire Use Sites also must clear all flammable material for a minimum of five feet in all directions; have a shovel available for preparing and extinguishing the fire; have a responsible person in attendance at all times; and extinguish the fire with water, using the “drown, stir and feel” method.
This area is in an extreme drought condition. Hikers and Backpackers are encouraged to bring extra water while traveling in the back country. Water may not be available at all of the locations it has been in the past. As always, we strongly recommend filtering or treating all ground water before consuming. CLICK HERE for more information.