Cuesta fire was reported at 6:14pm on August 16 as a result of a vehicle on US Highway 101, in an area known as the Cuesta Grade, protected by CALFIRE San Luis Obispo Unit. With the hot, dry and windy conditions, the fire quickly grew to several acres as the first firefighters arrived on-scene. the fire is currently estimated at 2000 acres, and has burned into the Los Padres National Forest. The Fire is being managed under unified command between CALIFIRE San Luis Obispo and the US Forest Service. For more information, CLICK HERE
Santa Barbara Ranger District (805) 967-3481
CLICK HERE For information about access to Big and Little Caliente Hot Springs, Rock Camp, Middle Santa Ynez Campground, P-Bar Flat Campground and Mono Camp.
The Divide Peak Gate on Romero Camuesa Rd off of E. Camino Cielo is OPEN as of May 16, 2015. There is now vehicle access to all campgrounds and hot springs.
When rain is predicted, the Divide Peak Gate closes a day or two in advance of the storm and there will be no vehicle access to the campgrounds or hotsprings. Please contact the Santa Barbara Ranger District office or Supervisor's Office for temporary closure informaiton, SB District (805) 967-3481 X 0, Supervisor's Office (805) 968-6640 X 0
Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, Level III fire restrictions went into effect May 6, 2015. 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 (car campgrounds that you drive to only), however persons with a valid CACampfire Permit are allowed to use portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel when backcountry camping. CA Campfire Permits are available on the preventwildfireca.org website: http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/
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 in use.
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.
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.