Alerts & Notices

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.

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: September 23, 2021

Due to extremely dry vegetation and increasing fire danger, additional fire restrictions went into effect 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 may use portable lanterns or stoves using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel, with shut-off valves. 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
  • Santa Barbara District - (805) 724-0079
  • 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


  • Alisal Fire Area, Road and Trail Closure - Forest Order 05-07-54-21-21
  • Forest Closures and Current Conditions
  • Current Fire Restrictions - No Campfires Allowed
  • Forest Order 05-07-00-21-06 Firearms Prohibition
  • Dolan Fire Road and Campground Closure - Forest Order 05-07-51-21-13
  • Santa Lucia Ranger District Forest Rd Closure 29S28 (TV Tower Rd) West Cuesta Rd
  • Santa Lucia Ranger District Road/Campground Closure -Forest Order 05-07-53-21-07

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
  • Sespe Condor Sanctuary Closure
  • 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