Current Fire Restrictions - Level II

Fire Restrictions Lifted on Los Padres National Forest

In response to the increasing potential for a wildland fire start, Los Padres National Forest officials announced that Level II fire restrictions will be implemented throughout the Forest effective immediately. These restrictions will affect the use of campfires, stoves, smoking materials and internal combustion engines, and will remain in effect until the end of fire season in late autumn. 

Effective immediately, the following restrictions will be in effect:

  • No open fires, campfires or charcoal fires will be permitted outside of developed recreation sites or designated Campfire Use Sites, even with a valid California Campfire Permit. Lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel will be permitted, but only with a valid California Campfire Permit, which are available free-of-charge on the Forest website and at any Forest Service office. Forest visitors must clear all flammable material for five feet in all directions from their camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times during use.
  • Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or a designated Campfire Use Site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
  • Internal combustion engines may be operated only on roads or designated trails. This restriction is in effect year-round. Please make sure your engine is tuned, operating properly, and has an approved spark arrester.

“The moisture levels are approaching a critical threshold. Combine that with warm temperatures and high winds and we have all the ingredients for fire starts,” Los Padres Forest Fire Management Officer Carrie Landon said. “The most important thing is for forest visitors to be aware of their surroundings and exercise caution when conditions are ripe for a wildfire.”

For a list of Developed Recreation Sites and Campfire Use Sites in Los Padres National Forest, or further information regarding Fire-Safe Camping, visit or contact the Forest Service district office nearest you.

Visitors are encouraged to call the local Ranger Station for more information on conditions and restrictions.

Santa Barbara Ranger District – (805) 967-3481

Ojai Ranger District – (805) 646-4348

Mt. Pinos Ranger District – (661) 245-3731

Santa Lucia Ranger District – (805) 925-9538

Monterey Ranger District – (831) 385-5434


For a list of designated Campfire Use Sites, CLICK HERE and also see list below. For further information regarding current conditions and safety tips, contact your nearest Forest Service office or visit the Los Padres National Forest website at

Campfire Use Sites

Monterey Ranger District
Arroyo Seco Campground 
Arroyo Seco Day Use Area  
Bottchers Gap Campground  
China Camp 
Escondido Campground  
Kirk Creek Campground 
Nacimiento Campground
Mill Creek Day Use Area
Plaskett Creek Campground / Group Camp
Ponderosa Campground 
Sand Dollar Day Use Area
Santa Lucia Memorial Park Campground  
White Oaks Camp 

Santa Lucia Ranger District
American Canyon Campground 
Baja Campground
Bates Canyon Campground
Brookshire Campground
Buck Spring Campground
Cerro Alto Campground
Colson Campground
Cumbre Day Use Area 
Davy Brown Campground
Figueroa Campground 
Friis Campground
Hi Mountain Campground
Horseshoe Spring Campground
La Panza Campground
Miranda Pine Campground
Navajo Flat Campground
Nira Campground
Pino Alto Day Use Area  

Santa Barbara Ranger District
Falls Day Use Area 
First Crossing Day Use Area  
Fremont Campground
Live Oak Day Use Area  
Los Prietos Campground 
Lower Oso Day Use Area 
Middle Santa Ynez 
Mono Campground  
P-Bar Flat Campground  
Paradise Campground  
Red Rock Day Use Area  
Rock Camp  
Sage Hill Campground 
Upper Oso Campground  
White Rock Day Use Area 

Ojai Ranger District
Holiday Group Campground
Middle Lion Campground
Pine Mountain Campground
Reyes Peak Campground
Rose Valley Campground
Wheeler Gorge Campground

Mount Pinos Ranger District
Aliso Park Campground
Ballinger Campground
Caballo Campground
Campo Alto Campground
Chuchupate Campground
Chula Vista Campground
Dome Springs Campground
Dutchman Campground
Halfmoon Campground
Kings Camp Campground
Marian Campground
McGill Campground
McGill Group Campground
Mt. Pinos Campground
Pine Springs Campground
Rancho Nuevo Campground
Reyes Creek Campground
Thorn Meadows Campground
Toad Springs Campground
Valle Vista Campground