Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, Los Padres National Forest officials announced additional fire restrictions will go into effect beginning tomorrow, July 15 and go through Dec. 31, 2021. 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 5 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 (http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf) as well as at all Forest Service offices.
- Recreational target shooting is prohibited in all areas of the forest except in the two shooting ranges under special use permit, i.e., Winchester Canyon Gun Club and Ojai Valley Gun Club; however, hunting with a valid State of California hunting license during open hunting season is exempt from this restriction.
- Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the national forest except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated Campfire Use Site.
- Fireworks are prohibited at all times and in all locations within Los Padres National Forest.
- Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order on roads and trails specifically designated for such use. This restriction is in effect year-round.
Violators are subject to a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail and could be liable for the full cost of any fire suppression activities that result from their actions. For further information regarding current conditions as well as safety tips, contact your nearest Forest Service office or visit the Los Padres National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.