Campfire Permits and Fire Restrictions

 

Current Fire Restrictions

January 1, 2022

Snow and rain across Los Padres National Forest has provided sufficient moisture to reduce fire restrictions on the forest effective immediately.

Under the reduced fire restrictions, campfires and charcoal barbeques will be allowed in all areas of the Forest. A California Campfire Permit is required to build a campfire outside of a designated Campfire Use Site. California Campfire Permits are available at www.readyforwildfire.org.

Visitors who construct wood or charcoal fires outside of designated Campfire Use Sites also must clear all flammable material for a minimum of five 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.

The following restrictions will remain in effect:

  • Spark arresters are required on all off-highway vehicles, chainsaws, and other internal combustion engines and equipment;
  • A permit is required for all welding, grinding, cutting, or use of explosives;
  • Tracer ammunition is prohibited at all times;
  • Fireworks are always prohibited in Los Padres National Forest;
  • Recreational target shooting is prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest except for the Winchester Canyon Gun Club and the Ojai Valley Gun Club that are under special use permits.

Campfire Permits

California Campfire Permits are now available at: https://www.readyforwildfire.org/permits/campfire-permit/. Watch the video and follow the insturctions to obtain a permit. Fill the information out on the permit, print it out and take it with you. Permit is currently required to use portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel in Campfire Use Sites (developed car campgrounds).

Regulations governing campfires can change with weather conditions and the seasons. To protect yourself and the forest, before each visit, check with the Forest Service office nearest to your destination for current restrictions.

Your California Campfire Permit is valid until the end of the calendar year; it may be used in any National Forest in California.

During certain times of the year, it is necessary to impose restrictions on campfires and other open flame fires due to high fire danger. It is your responsibility to know what the current restrictions are for the area that you plan to visit.

Internal combustion engines may be operated only on roads or designated trails. (This restriction is in effect year-round)

Spark arresters are required on all off-highway vehicles, chainsaws, and other internal combustion engines and equipment. (This restriction is in effect at all times of the year)

A permit is required for all welding, grinding, cutting, or use of explosives. (This restriction is in effect at all times of the year)

The use of tracer ammunition is prohibited. (This restriction is in effect at all times of the year)

Fireworks are prohibited in Los Padres National Forest. (This restriction is in effect at all times of the year)

YOU CAN BE HELD LIABLE FOR THE COST OF SUPPRESSION AND DAMAGES OF A WILDLAND FIRE THAT YOU CAUSE !

Ranger Stations and Visitor Centers

Mt. Pinos Ranger District

(ranger station is temporarily closed)

34580 Lockwood Valley Rd.
Frazier Park, CA 93225
Phone: (661) 805-1057  (available by phone Mon-Fri, 8-4:30)

Ojai Ranger District

(ranger station is temporarily closed)

1190 E. Ojai Ave.
Ojai, CA 93023
Phone: (805) 448-4710  (available by phone Mon-Fri, 8-4:30)

Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center

(Open Saturday and Sunday for walk-in visitation 9:00am - 3:00pm)

17017 Maricopa Highway
Ojai, CA 93023
 

Santa Barbara Ranger District

(ranger station is temporarily closed)

3505 Paradise Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone:  (805) 448-3648  (available by phone Mon-Fri, 8-4:30)

Santa Lucia Ranger District

(ranger station temporarily closed)

1616 No.Carlotti Dr.
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: (805) 865-0416  (available by phone Mon-Fri, 8-4:30)

Big Sur Multi-Agency Vistor Center

Open daily 9:00am - 4:00pm for walk-in visitation and phone calls

Big Sur, CA
(831) 667-2315

Monterey Ranger District

(ranger station is temporarily closed)

406 So. Mildred
King City, CA 93930
Phone:  (831) 242-0619  (available by phone Mon-Fri, 8-4:30)





https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/home/?cid=stelprdb5193333