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Campfires Prohibited in All Areas of Los Padres National Forest

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For only the third time in 10 years, Los Padres fire restrictions prohibit open fires of any kind in all areas of the Forest due to extreme fire danger. Members of the public visiting Los Padres are allowed to use propane or gas cooking stoves and portable lanterns ONLY in designated campgrounds. These elevated restrictions will remain in place until the end of the declared fire season.

Scant winter rainfall and recurring heat waves have created exceptionally fire-prone conditions across the Forest. Dry summers, steep slopes, and dense vegetation make wildfires a constant threat, especially during the hot summer months. By prohibiting campfires, the goal is to reduce the likelihood of an unintended new fire start. We need the public’s assistance in following these restrictions and sharing this information with other visitors who might not be aware.

Learn more about campfire restrictions in Los Padres National Forest

Los Padres Partners with Parks Management Company to Manage Recreation Sites

[image] Kirk Creek Campground

On November 1, 2016, a new concessionaire Special Use Permit (SUP) was issued to Parks Management Company for campground and recreation site operations.

Under the new SUP, there will be changes to the recreation sites fees. The 18 sites newly added to the concession SUP that currently require an Adventure Pass will now require a $20-35 per night camping fee or $10 day-use fee for parking at trailheads and picnic areas. Interagency Senior and Access pass holders will receive a 50 percent discount on camping fees only - not valid for day use or parking at trailheads.

An annual pass for day-use sites will be available through Parks Management Company for $50 and will be good at any of the concession-managed day-use sites and trailheads on the Los Padres NF. Adventure Passes and Interagency Passes will not be accepted for parking in day use/picnic areas or trailheads. Learn more about the Parks Management Company

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Los Padres NF Wins Award for Women In Wildland Fire Training

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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.

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