Alerts & Notices

2019 Road Damage

2019 Road Damage Map

Interactive Road Damage Map

This winter a series of strong storms hit California, causing extensive damage to roads, trails, infrastructure and ecosystems on California's national forests. This map will help you determine where road damage has occurred and how it might impact your plans to visit the national forest.

The map shows the damage of which we are aware. While the map is linked directly to the Forest Service database and is kept as current as possible, please contact your local Forest Service office for the most complete and up-to-date information on road damage.

Safety First

Safety FirstPlease be aware of these alerts and notices because many unexpected situations can present difficult challenges for forest visitors.

Be well informed and prepared for your next visit to the forest.

Before venturing out, contact the nearest Forest Service office for recent information on alerts, advisories, notices and closures.

To report an emergency, please call 911.

Los Padres National Forest to remain closed to the public until September 22 for Public Safety

Date: September 14, 2021

Forest Order 05-07-00-21-16  Emergency Forest Closure

ALERT: Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that the current forest-wide emergency closure order has been extended through midnight on Sept. 22. The Angeles, Cleveland and San Bernardino National Forests are also extending their forest-wide closures through midnight on Sept. 22.

The Regional Order that closed public access to all national forests in California through Sept. 17 will be rescinded tomorrow. Due to ongoing high fire danger and active wildfires across the West, the Southern California national forests will remain closed for another week to better provide for public and firefighter safety. Large numbers of fire personnel from the Southern California national forests are demobilizing and returning to their home units after weeks of nonstop work.

By temporarily reducing the numbers of people on the Forest, this Closure Order will minimize the likelihood that visitors could become entrapped during an emergency and decrease the potential for new fire starts at a time of extremely limited firefighting resources. Severe and persistent drought due to hot and dry weather has led to rapid growth and increasingly unpredictable fire behavior across Northern California with no relief expected until late fall. Conditions in Southern California are similar and likely to worsen.

Currently, there are 11 large uncontained fires burning on National Forest System lands statewide, and there are more than 15,000 personnel, 303 crews, and 1,113 engines committed to fire fighting in California. This Closure Order is intended to reduce the likelihood of a new fire start over the next week. 

Los Padres officials wish to thank the public for the patience and understanding that has been shown during this challenging fire season.

Target Shooting Restrictions

Date: July 15, 2021

Los Padres National Forest officials announced that the Forest Order prohibiting recreational shooting in all areas within the Forest has been extended through January 31, 2022.

Curent Fire Restrictions

Date: July 14, 2021

Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that additional fire restrictions will go into effect beginning tomorrow, July 15, 2021. The following restrictions will be rigorously enforced until the end of the declared fire season:

  • Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest including designated Campfire Use sites; however persons with a valid California 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. You must clear all flammable material for a distance of five 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 it is in use. California Campfire Permits are available for free download from the Los Padres National Forest website (
  • Recreational target shooting is prohibited in all areas of the National Forest except in the two shooting ranges under special use permit, i.e., Winchester Canyon Gun Club and Ojai Valley Gun Club; however, hunting with a valid State of California hunting license during open hunting season is exempt from this restriction.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the national forest except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated Campfire Use Site.
  • Fireworks are prohibited at all times and in all locations within Los Padres National Forest.
  • Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order on roads and trails specifically designated for such use. This restriction is in effect year-round. 

Violators are subject to a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail, and could be liable for the full cost of any fire suppression activities that result from their actions. For further information regarding current conditions as well as safety tips, contact your nearest Forest Service office or visit the Los Padres National Forest website at

This Order is effective through December 31, 2021.

Visitors are encouraged to call the Forest Supervisor’s Office or the local Ranger Station for more information on conditions and restrictions.

  • Supervisor’s Office – (805) 448-6487
  • Ojai Ranger District – (805) 448-4710
  • Mt. Pinos Ranger District – (661) 805-1057
  • Santa Lucia Ranger District – (805) 865-0416
  • Monterey Ranger District – (831) 242-0619

Alerts and Closures

Forest Road and Campground Current Conditions and Closures

Forest Orders


  • Forest Closures and Current Conditions
  • Emergency Forest Closure Order 05-07-00-21-16
  • East Camino Cielo Rd CLOSURE
  • Campfire Information
  • Willow Fire Trail and Camp Closure - Monterey Ranger District
  • Forest Order 05-07-00-20-13 Campground Occupancy Use
  • Forest Order 05-07-00-21-06 Firearms Prohibition

View More Alerts


  • Forest Order 05-07-51-19-09 Roadside Camping Prohibition Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd
  • Big Caliente Hot Springs / Pendola Gate at Romero Saddle 5N12/5N15 is closed
  • Sunset Valley Road and Campground Closure - Forest Order 05-07-53-21-07
  • Los Padres Dam to Pine Ridge Trail Closure - Monterey Ranger Distict
  • Bottchers Gap Campground Closure