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Los Padres National Forest will re-open to the public September 23

Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that the forest-wide closure that took effect August 31 will expire at midnight tonight, re-opening public access to Forest campgrounds, roads and trails beginning tomorrow, September 23. Fire restrictions banning wood and charcoal fires remain in effect throughout the Forest, however these restrictions have been modified to allow the use of portable lanterns and stoves with a shut-off valve in both developed campgrounds and dispersed sites by visitors with a valid California Campfire Permit.

The forest-wide closures on the other three Southern California national forests – Angeles, Cleveland and San Bernardino – will also expire tonight with modified or updated fire use restrictions.

More than 7,400 wildfires have burned approximately 2.25 million acres across all jurisdictions in California this year. As of Sept. 20, the national preparedness level has been lowered to Preparedness Level 4 (PL4); the Northern California Geographic Area was also lowered to PL4 while the Southern California Geographic Area remains at PL4.  Los Padres National Forest continues to monitor conditions on the forest for public and firefighter safety as the potential danger continues for high-intensity fires and large fire growth. 

Los Padres officials wish to thank the public for the patience and understanding that has been shown during this challenging fire season

​Visiting National Forests

Outdoor recreation can be beneficial for your health but must be practiced safely. Please avoid visiting national forests if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forest.

Virtual Services

The Los Padres National Forest's Supervisor's Office (Forest Headquarters) and ranger stations have moved to virtual services. You can access our forest maps at If you need immediate assistance or have any questions, please call the phone numbers listed below: 

  • Supervisor’s Office in Solvang – (805) 448-6487
  • Santa Lucia Ranger District in Santa Maria –  (805) 865-0416
  • Santa Barbara Ranger District (805) 448-4710 or (805) 865-0416
  • Ojai Ranger District in Ojai – (805) 448-4710
  • Monterey Ranger District in King City – (831) 242-0619
  • Mt. Pinos Ranger District in Frazier Park – (661) 805-1057



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The Mount Pinos Forest Health Project is located within a federally designated Insect and Disease Treatment Area where declining forest health conditions put the area at risk for substantial tree mortality over the next 15 years. In the 2014 Farm Bill, Congress authorized the U.S. Forest Service to prioritize work in these designated areas, and to expeditiously plan and implement projects to address the risk posed by insect and disease outbreaks.


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