Alerts & Notices

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

Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, additional fire restrictions went into effect in Los Padres National Forest on  August 9, 2018. The following restrictions will be rigorously enforced until the end of the declared fire season:

  • 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 are allowed to use portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel within the designated Campfire Use Sites only. You must clear all flammable material for a distance of five feet in all directions from your camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times when it is in use. California Campfire Permits are available for free download from the Los Padres National Forest website ( as well as at all Forest Service offices. More Information

Target Shooting Restrictions

A ban on recreational target shooting throughout the Forest went into effect on July 7, 2018.

Under the Forest Order, discharging a firearm is prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest except in the designated target ranges at Winchester Canyon Gun Club and the Ojai Valley Gun Club.

Zone "A" rifle deer season, which includes the majority of Los Padres National Forest, opens August 11, 2018. Zone "D-13," which includes the Mt. Pinos Ranger District and parts of the Ojai Ranger District, opens October 13, 2018. A person hunting during open hunting season for a game bird or mammal as specified in the laws of the State of California and having a valid California hunting license in his or her possession may discharge a firearm at legal game birds or mammals.

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

This order is effective until January 14, 2019. 

Forest Order 05-07-00-18-07 Firearms Prohibition

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