Wood Cutting Permits


Where to Obtain a Wood Cutting Permit on the Los Padres National Forest

Los Padres National Forest is waiving the fee for personal use firewood permits until further notice. All firewood cutting rules remain in place.

Woodcutting requirements may vary substantially so please check with your local ranger district office to see if there are any specific local restrictions or requirements. 

  • Santa Barbara Ranger District – (805) 967-3481
  • Santa Lucia Ranger District in Santa Maria –  (805) 865-0416
  • Ojai Ranger District in Ojai – (805) 448-6487
  • Mt. Pinos Ranger District in Frazier Park – (661) 245-3731 ext. 0
  • Monterey Ranger District in King City -  831-242-0619‚Äč  (wood cutting is not allowed on the Monterey Ranger District due to Sudden Oak Death) 


Wood Cutting Permits will be offered as long as wood collecting does not conflict with other forest resources and activities such as reforestation, wildlife habitat management, and fire prevention.

Shut Down Days  

In an effort to be consistent with other Forest activities, we will suspend firewood cutting on VERY HIGH and EXTREME fire danger days. On these days you will not be allowed to use a chainsaw. Wood permit holders can reference the online project activity level guide to see if chainsaw use is allowed for the area they intend to collect wood by visiting http://gacc.nifc.gov/oscc/ecc/lpcc/daily-indices/index.php. For information on Forest closures in effect, visit the Los Padres website at www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf or call one of the Ranger District Offices.

It is your responsibility to understand and adhere to the following regulations:

  • Collect down and dead wood only. No standing trees may be cut, pushed or pulled down.
  • Permits cannot be sold, transferred or given away.
  • Carry your Wood Cutting Collecting Permit, Map and Tags with you whenever you are collecting wood.
  • Cutting wood is allowed during daylight hours only.
  • Each person over 18 years of age in a given household may purchase a Permit for up to 8 cords of wood.
  • A shovel or fire extinguisher must be kept available at all times when cutting firewood.

Spark Arresters Are Required!

The Forest Service and the State of California require wood collectors to equip their chainsaws and other internal combustion equipment with spark arresters. A spark arrester screen should be cleaned with a wire brush after 8 hours of use in order to keep it safe and functional. A screen should be replaced as soon as there is an increase (burning out) or decrease (clogging) in opening size. 



When starting a chainsaw:

  • Move at least 15 feet from the fueling spot to avoid gasoline vapors.
  • Keep a shovel or a 14-oz fire extinguisher nearby.

While Using the Chainsaw:

  • Around the downed log, clear away brush, grass and needles that could easily catch fire.
  • Do not use a saw that is backfiring or overheating.
  • Do not leave an idling saw unattended.

When Adding Fuel To The Chainsaw:

  • Stay far away from lighted cigarettes and open flames.
  • Stop the saw and let it cool for 5 minutes before adding fuel.
  • Set the hot saw on bare soil or rock, far from combustible materials such as wood chips and pine needles.