Campfire Permits and Fire Restrictions


Current 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.

Campfire Permits

California Campfire Permits are now available at: 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)


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)