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Alisal Fire Alert - Santa Barbara Ranger District

As of October 16, the fire has grown to approximately 17,200 acres with 50 percent containment and is burning 20 miles northwest of Santa Barbara within Refugio Canyon. Approx. 1,700 firefighters are working on the fire.

Forest Order 05-07-54-21-20 Alisal Fire Road and Trail Closure - Expires: 11/16/2021

Current Fire Restrictions

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 may use portable lanterns or stoves using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel, with shut-off valves anywhere in the Forest.

​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) 724-0079
  • 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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We have lots more information about recreation opportunities across the forest!


Protecting Pine Mountain and Reyes Peak

These infested areas must be treated in order to be protected for future generations

On May 8, 2020, Los Padres National Forest introduced a plan to protect areas of Pine Mountain and Reyes Peak that are at risk due to overstocking and the devastating impacts from disease and insect infestation. The Reyes Peak Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project lays within a federally designated Insect and Disease Treatment Area where declining forest health conditions have put the area at risk for substantial tree mortality over the next 15 years. The primary goal of this project is reduce tree densities to promote forest resilience to drought, insect and disease, and wildfire. To achieve this goal, professional Forest managers will selectively thin specific areas to enhance forest health across 755 acres on Pine Mountain between California Highway 33 and Reyes Peak in Ventura County.

Mount Pinos Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project


On April 7, 2021, Los Padres National Forest announced a plan to protect areas of the Mount Pinos Ranger District that are at risk to overstocking and the devastating impacts from disease and insect infestation. This forest health project was initially shared with the public in late 2019 during an open house and field visit to the project area. In 2006 public collaboration began when the project was listed in the Mount Pinos Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

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.


Crews Take Mule Train into Sespe

Pack Stock Center of Excellence on the Piedra Blanca Trail - April 2021

On April 14, 2021, two strings of pack mules of eight animals apiece left a trailhead north of Ojai, carrying tools and supplies for a major trail project in the Sespe Wilderness.

Region 5 Pack Stock Center of Excellence

Pack Stock Center of Excellence

Watch this short video to learn more about the Pacific Southwest Region’s Pack Stock Center of Excellence and how horses and mules have been used in the agency since its inception.

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Interactive Visitor Map: Los Padres National Forest

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