Santa Lucia Ranger District (805) 925-9538 X 0
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 Forest Order 15-12 is effective from November 1, 2015, through October 31, 2016, unless rescinded earlier upon completion of road repairs.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
Campfires and charcoal barbeques are now allowed in all areas of Los Padres National Forest. A California Campfire Permit, available on the Forest website, is required to build a campfire outside of a designated Campfire Use Site. Visitors who construct wood or charcoal fires outside of designated Campfire Use Sites also must clear all flammable material for a minimum of ten 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. California Campfire Permits are available on the preventwildfireca.org website: http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/.
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.
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.