Mt. Pinos Ranger District

Level II Fire Restrictions Now in Effect - No campfires in the backcountry!! CLICK HERE for more information about current fire restrictions!


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Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area Closure

[image] Upper Santa Ynez Recreation closureWinter storms took their toll on Forest roads in the first few months of 2017. On the Santa Barbara Ranger District, the road into Pendola is closed as a result of a cribwall that failed one-third of a mile below where the pavement ends on East Camino Cielo. A temporary gate was installed at the end of the pavement to restrict motorized traffic into Pendola. The Forest has applied for emergency funding through the Federal Highway Administration to help with the repair work. Until we can secure the necessary funding and get the road shored up, the road into Pendola will remain closed. Our apologies for the inconvenience, and our thanks for your understanding. CLICK HERE for more information and photos. 


Monterey Ranger District—Soberanes Fire Closure Information

The Soberanes Fire is now one-hundred percent contained and controlled. The fire closure order that went into effect September 3 for the entire Monterey Ranger District has been reduced to the fire scar. This current closure will help ensure that members of the public are not injured within the fire perimeter, allow for the scorched landscape to begin the rehabilitation process, and help reduce the potential for another human-caused fire. The southern portion of the Monterey Ranger District, including the Silver Peak Wilderness, is now open to the public. For more information, please contact the Monterey Ranger District at (831) 385-5434. Law enforcement capacity is actively enforcing the order.

Los Padres Partners with Parks Management Co. to Manage Forest Recreation Sites

[image] Kirk Creek CampgroundOn November 1, 2016, a new concessionaire Special Use Permit (SUP) was issued to Parks Management Company (PMC) for campground and recreation site operations following a competitive bidding process.

Forest Service campground concessionaire SUPs are issued under the authority of the Granger-Thye Act (1950), 16 U.S.C. 580d, and the permits have a 10-year life span. Since 1985, Los Padres campgrounds, day-use areas and certain trailheads have been managed by a concessionaire under an SUP. The previous concessionaire permits on Los Padres expired in October 2016. The new SUP with PMC replaces six existing permits and will place the concession operations under one forest-wide permit.

Los Padres has 125 developed campgrounds, day-use sites, and trailheads. Under the recently expired SUP, 34 sites were managed under concession. The new 10-year SUP includes 18 additional recreation sites that previously required an Adventure Pass or other access pass. Overall, 52 sites will be managed by PMC under a new fee structure, 23 sites will still require a Recreation Pass, and 50 remain free of charge. CLICK HERE For more information. 

Recent News


THANK YOU Volunteers! Lizard’s Mouth Annual Spring Cleanup - May 13

[image] Lizard

On May 13, 2017, over 25 volunteers showed up for the Annual Volunteer Spring Cleanup Event at Lizard’s Mouth Rocks on West Camino Cielo. Lizard’s Mouth Rocks is a beautiful sandstone rock formation located on top of the mountains overlooking Santa Barbara, Goleta and the Pacific Ocean. Some volunteers cleaned up trash and broken glass from the rocks and other volunteers painted over graffiti far from the road. The annual spring event has taken place since the year 2000. The trash problem has decreased throughout the years but the graffiti has increased. Many groups like the SB Rock Gym, the South Coast Karate Studio, Forest Watch, Real Cheap Sports, Island Seed and Feed, and the UCSB Adventure Club helped the Forest Service with the cleanup. The event has many volunteers that return every year to show community support of the unique area. Thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors for making the cleanup a success!

Women In Wildfire Training Camp 2017

LPF 2016 Women in Wildfire Training Video

The Los Padres National Forest hosted its third annual Women In Wildfire Training Camp on November 27 through December 2, 2016 in Santa Barbara, CA. The forest conducted a successful outreach this year and received over 160 applications, of which 23 participants were selected and successfully completed the training camp.

This year, the LP expanded the program by adding a day to the Training Camp and developing a more thorough screening process to improve the level of interest and dedication from participants. The camp provides a comprehensive wildland fire orientation, which includes classroom and hands-on field exercises as well as certification and physical agility test. Participants take part in leadership and teambuilding exercises and receive professional development training through resume and usajobs application workshops.

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Los Padres National Forest Fuel Moisture Data June 2017

Fuel Moisture Data June 2017

To learn more about Fuel Moisture levels in the Los Padres NF, CLICK HERE for the June 2017 Fuel Moisture Report. 

LP Fire Patrol Participated in Prescribed Fire Training Exchange in South Dakota

[image] Prescribed Fire Training Exchange in South Dakota

Matt Guzman, LP Fire Prevention Patrol, recently participated in a Prescribed Fire Training Exchange in South Dakota.


Santa Barbara Ranger District - Gibraltar Road Clean-Up March 5, 2017

[image] Gibraltar Rd Clean Up 3-5-17

On March 5, 2017, 10 volunteers and 3 Forest Service employees cleaned up Gibraltar Road near Gibraltar Rock. The trash filled up 1 and a half 6 cubic yard dumpsters. 

Forest Recreation Information Brochures and Publications

[image} Kirk Creek Campground - Monterrey Ranger District

Information on recreational opportunities on the Los Padres National Forest. CLICK HERE for brochures

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