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Big Sur Coast, Monterey Ranger District 


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Thomas Fire Closure Alert

Los Padres National Forest officials have revised the areas closed to the public due to the Thomas Fire. The revised order opens access to the Mt. Pinos Ranger District and prohibits access to only those areas within the Thomas Fire perimeter on the Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts.

The revised order took effect December. 29. Fire remains active within portions of the burned areas. Crews and heavy equipment are performing wildfire suppression, repairing areas affected by fire-suppression activities, and performing wildfire severity and hazard assessments. The closure will remain in effect until it is safe to reenter the area. 

The Thomas Fire began on Monday, Dec. 4, near St. Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula. It has since burned more than 281,900 acres, becoming the largest California wildfire in modern recorded history.

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Thomas Fire Burn Area Emergency Response Team (BAER) Report 

Thomas Fire BAER Team

The US Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team’s purpose is to assess threats to life, property, and cultural and natural resources from fire-induced changes to the watershed that can cause erosion, sedimentation, flooding, and debris flows. The BAER team has completed their reports which provide a synopsis of BAER findings and the Forest Service’s internal request for implementation funding to treat values at risk on Forest Service lands only. The information generated by the BAER team is crucial for further analysis by other agencies affected by the fire to examine off-Forest values at risk within their jurisdiction.

Meet the new Mt. Pinos District Ranger - Tony Martinez

Photo of Tony Martinez - Mt. Pinos District Ranger

Los Padres National Forest officials announced the selection of Tony Martinez as the new Mt. Pinos District Ranger. Martinez is currently the Forest Safety Officer and Hazardous Materials Coordinator based out of the Supervisor’s Office in Goleta, and has been the acting Mt. Pinos District Ranger since August.

Martinez succeeds Roy Morris, who accepted a position as Branch Chief at the Albuquerque Service Center last year. Martinez will be leading the 500,000-acre district along with a large wildland fire organization, and resource and recreation specialists.

“Tony has a strong background in resource management and wildland fire, and is committed to the Forest Service mission,” said Los Padres Forest Supervisor Teresa Benson. “His broad range of experience will serve him well in his new position.”

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Forest Recreation Information Brochures and Publications

[image} Kirk Creek Campground - Monterrey Ranger District

Information on recreational opportunities on the Los Padres National Forest.


Los Padres NF Wins Award for Women In Wildland Fire Training

A line of women dressed in firefighting gear stand in a field with shovels and hoes

In 2014 the Los Padres National Forest received a Washington Office diversity grant to fund a project designed to engage and recruit under-represented groups into the Fire Program.