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Special Saturday Hours - Mt Pinos Ranger Station

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The Mt Pinos Ranger District Office will be open additional hours in October, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each Saturday, as well as regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

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

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Forest Recreation Information Brochures and Publications

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Information on recreational opportunities on the Los Padres National Forest.


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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