Fire Restrictions Lowered for Los Padres National ForestRecent rainfall across the Los Padres National Forest has led to rising fuel moisture levels, prompting officials to reduce fire restrictions on the forest effective immediately. Under the reduced fire restrictions, campfires and charcoal barbecues will be allowed in all areas of the Los Padres National Forest.
A California Campfire Permit, available free of charge on the forest's website, is required to build a campfire outside of a designated Campfire Use Site
Campfire Permits are designed for use on federally controlled lands including those falling under the US Forest Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management, and private lands that are the property of another person. On private lands you must also have written permission from the landowner for campfire use.
Campfire Permits required for open fires, such as campfires, barbecues and portable stoves.
Permits are subject to restriction by local authorities. The need for restrictions is reviewed almost daily during the summer months and permits may even be suspended without advance notice. Permittee must check with local authorities each time they go out to an area.
Always be firesafe:
- Clear all flammable material away from the fire for 10 feet in all directions to prevent escape of the fire.
- Have a shovel available at the campfire site for preparing and extinguishing campfires.
- Have a responsible person in attendance at all times.
- Extinguish campfires with water, using the drown, stir, and feel method.
You can contact the CAL FIRE at 916-653-5123, USFS at 707-562-8737, BLM at 916-978-4400, or refer to the individual National Park at www.nps.gov, for more information.