Alerts & Notices

2019 Road Damage

2019 Road Damage Map

Interactive Road Damage Map

This winter a series of strong storms hit California, causing extensive damage to roads, trails, infrastructure and ecosystems on California's national forests. This map will help you determine where road damage has occurred and how it might impact your plans to visit the national forest.

The map shows the damage of which we are aware. While the map is linked directly to the Forest Service database and is kept as current as possible, please contact your local Forest Service office for the most complete and up-to-date information on road damage.

Safety First

Safety FirstPlease be aware of these alerts and notices because many unexpected situations can present difficult challenges for forest visitors.

Be well informed and prepared for your next visit to the forest.

Before venturing out, contact the nearest Forest Service office for recent information on alerts, advisories, notices and closures.

To report an emergency, please call 911.

Curent Fire Restrictions

Date: 4/10/19

Snow and rain across Los Padres National Forest has provided sufficient moisture to reduce fire restrictions on the forest effective immediately.

Under the reduced fire restrictions, campfires and charcoal barbeques will be allowed in all areas of the Forest. A California Campfire Permit is required to build a campfire outside of a designated Campfire Use Site. California Campfire Permits are available for free download from the Forest website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf). A list of Campfire Use Sites is available at all Forest offices.

Visitors who construct wood or charcoal fires outside of designated Campfire Use Sites also must clear all flammable material for a minimum of five feet in all directions; have a shovel available for preparing and extinguishing the fire; have a responsible person in attendance at all times; and extinguish the fire with water, using the “drown, stir and feel” method.

“As we move into the rainy season and reduce fire restrictions, it’s important to remember that fire can happen at any time of the year,” said Los Padres National Forest Fire Chief Jim Harris. “I strongly encourage all visitors to exercise caution while they are out enjoying the forest.”

The following fire restrictions will remain in effect:

  • Spark arresters are required on all off-highway vehicles, chainsaws, and other internal combustion engines and equipment;
  • A permit is required for all welding, grinding, cutting, or use of explosives;
  • Tracer ammunition is prohibited at all times;
  • Fireworks are prohibited in Los Padres National Forest at all times and in all places;
  • Recreational target shooting is prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest except for the Winchester Canyon Gun Club and the Ojai Valley Gun Club that are under special use permits.

Target Shooting Restrictions

Date: 4/10/19

The Forest Order prohibiting recreational target shooting that went into effect July 7, 2018, has been extended until January 13, 2020.

In October 2018, Los Padres National Forest requested to reinitiate consultation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to address new or updated critical habitats and listed species, and to provide for incidental take anticipated with implementation of ongoing activities such as recreational target shooting in the Los Padres Land and Resource Management Plan. 

This restriction ensures protection of federally listed wildlife species by preventing impacts caused by recreational target shooting during formal consultation with the USFWS that was initiated in October 2018.

Although allowing recreational target shooting during the consultation period is not anticipated to violate the ESA, out of an abundance of caution the Forest has decided to implement this Forest Order. Until the USFWS issues a revised biological opinion after the consultation period, this Forest Order will remain in place.

Under this Forest Order, discharging a firearm is prohibited except in the designated target ranges at the Winchester Canyon Gun Club and the Ojai Valley Gun Club. Persons hunting during the open hunting season as specified in the laws of the State of California and having a valid California hunting license are exempt from this Forest Order.

 

Forest Order No. 05-07-00-19-901

Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50 (a) and (b), and to provide for public safety and protect natural resources, the following act is prohibited within the Los Padres National Forest. This Order is effective from January 14, 2019 until January 13, 2020.

Discharging a firearm, except in the following designated target ranges:

a. Winchester Canyon Gun Club

b. Ojai Valley Gun Club 

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:

1. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty. 

2. Persons hunting a legal game bird or mammal are not exempt from the prohibition listed above. However, a person hunting during the open hunting season for a game bird or mammal as specified by the laws of the State of California, and having a valid California hunting license in his or her possession, may discharge a firearm at the legal game bird or mammal.

This prohibition is in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFR Part 261, Subpart A.

A violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. 16 USC 551 and 18 USC 3559, 3571, and 3581.

Law Enforcement Officers will be strictly enforcing this Forest Order in all areas of the Forest.

News Release: Recreational target shooting ban extended for 12 months

Forest Order 05-07-00-19-01 Firearms Prohibition Document

Hunting Informational Brochure

 

Alerts and Closures

Forest Road and Campground Current Conditions and Closures

Forest Orders



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