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Fire Restrictions Lifted

Postby mikesplain on Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:12 pm

As of Monday. January 11th, 2016, Fire Restrictions have been lifted across the entire Los Padres National Forest. You can now warm up at backcountry camps with a fire, but please use existing fire rings, only use dead & downed wood & never leave camp until your fire is DEAD OUT. Here is the text of the LPNF announcement; the official release is attached.

Fire Restrictions Lowered on Los Padres National Forest

GOLETA, Calif., January 11, 2016 — Recent rainfall across 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 barbeques will be allowed in all areas of Los Padres National Forest. A California Campfire Permit, available free of charge on the Forest website, is required to build a campfire outside of a designated Campfire Use Site. A list of Campfire Use Sites and information about how to acquire a campfire permit is available on the Los Padres National Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf and 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 ten 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. Prohibitions on smoking and target shooting in Los Padres National Forest are also being lifted.
Under these lower fire restrictions, the Forest will begin disposing of accumulated fuels by burning brush piles at administrative sites within national forest lands. These sites include: developed and undeveloped campgrounds, ranger stations, fire stations, guard stations, lookouts, electronic sites, special permit sites, and miscellaneous piles along Forest Service administrative roads. These projects will occur when weather conditions and air quality are favorable to safely reduce these fuels.
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.

Visitors are encouraged to call the local Ranger Station for more information on conditions and restrictions.
Santa Barbara Ranger District – (805) 967-3481 Ojai Ranger District – (805) 646-4348
Mt. Pinos Ranger District – (661) 245-3731 Santa Lucia Ranger District – (805) 925-9538
Monterey Ranger District – (831) 385-5434
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Level 3 Fire Restrictions

Postby mikesplain on Wed May 06, 2015 1:44 pm

As of May 5th, 2015, the entire Los Padres National Forest is in Level 3 Fire Restrictions. This means NO CAMPFIRES IN THE BACKCOUNTRY! (Stoves are OK with a valid CA Campfire Permit until further notice).The official USFS document is attached here.

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Re: Fire Restrictions

Postby C M Heard on Sat Dec 13, 2014 11:12 am

All,

Los Padres NF Law Enforcement set the following announcement to all Forest employees and affiliates this morning (2014-12-13 08:08).

The current fire restrictions prohibited under Forest Order 14-08, signed August 25, 2014, are TERMINATED effective Monday 12-15-2014. Beginning Monday 12-15-2014, the Los Padres NF will be under Level 1 (Low Fire Season) restrictions. Under this level, the following mitigation measures are in effect:

Campfire Permits required outside of developed campsite (violation of permit conditions 36CFR261.5 (a-g))
• Clear all flammable material away from the fire for a minimum of five 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 campfire with water, using the drown, stir, and feel method.

Spark arresters required on equipment (36CFR261.15(i))

No fireworks allowed yearlong (36CFR261.52(f), Regional Order 83-2 (Contact LEO for this violation))

OHV’s on designated roads and trails only (36CFR261.13)

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Re: Fire Restrictions

Postby VWA Admin on Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:07 pm

We've just learned that the Level 4 fire restrictions may be revised to allow the use of stoves in the backcountry (not just at designated Campfire Use Sites). Please check with this Forum and this link for the latest Fire Restrictions.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/home ... rdb5401877
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LEVEL 4 Fire Restrictions

Postby mikesplain on Tue Aug 26, 2014 12:05 pm

It's official, as of today, the Los Padres National Forest has declared Level 4 Fire Restrictions.
In other words, campfires, target shooting and smoking are prohibited Forest-wide
& stoves are allowed (with a valid campfire permit) in designated car camps only.
The official notice is attached and should soon be posted at- http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/home ... rdb5401877
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NO CAMPFIRES IN THE BACKCOUNTRY

Postby mikesplain on Mon May 19, 2014 10:45 am

As of May 19th, 2014, the entire Los Padres National Forest is under Level 3 Fire Restrictions.
This means no campfires in the backcountry, but portable stoves are still permitted
(with a valid CA campfire permit).
The official USFS news release is pasted below...


NEWS RELEASE
Los Padres National Forest
For Immediate Release
Contact: Andrew Madsen (805) 961-5759
Twitter: @LosPadresNF
Fire Restrictions Take Effect in Los Padres National Forest


GOLETA, CA, May 19, 2014…Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, Los Padres National Forest officials announced that Level III fire restrictions will go into effect beginning today, May 19, 2014. The following restrictions will be rigorously enforced until this Forest Order expires:

• Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest except for 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 outside of designated Campfire Use Sites. California Campfire Permits are available for free download from the Los Padres National Forest website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf). You may also obtain a California Campfire permit in person at a US Forest Service ranger station. You must clear all flammable material for a distance of 10 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.

• Recreational target shooting is prohibited in all areas of the National Forest unless specifically authorized by a special use permit with the Forest.

• 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.

• 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.)

A list designated Campfire Use Sites is attached. For further information regarding current conditions and safety tips, contact your nearest Forest Service office or visit the Los Padres National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.
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NEW FIRE RESTRICTIONS Effective 01/11/2014

Postby riatch on Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:34 pm

This just in from the US Forest Service:

ORDER NO. 14-01
FIRE USE RESTRICTIONS
LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST

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 acts are prohibited within the Los Padres National Forest. This Order is effective from January 11, 2014, through the end of the official 2014 fire season.

I. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, except in the Designated Campfire Use Sites listed in Exhibit A. 36 CFR 261.52(a).

2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or within the Designated Campfire Use Sites listed in Exhibit A. 36 CFR 261.52(d).

3. Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order. 36 CFR 261.52(j).
4. Discharging a firearm . 36 CFR 261.58(m).

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

I. Persons with a permit from the Forest Service specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
2. Persons with a valid California Campfire Permit are not exempt from the prohibitions listed above. However, persons with a valid California Campfire permit may use portable lanterns or stoves using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel within the Los Padres National Forest.

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

4. Persons hunting a legal game bird or mammal are not exempt from the prohibitions listed above. However, a person hunting during the open hunting season for that 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.

These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFR Part 261 , Subpart A.

A violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $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.

Done at Goleta, California this 10th day of January, 2014.
Forest Supervisor
Los Padres National Forest

ORDER NO. 14-01
FIRE USE RESTRICTIONS
LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST
EXHIBIT A
Designated Campfire Use Sites

Monterey Ranger District
Arroyo Seco Campground I Group Camp
Arroyo Seco Day Use Area
Bottchers Gap Campground
China Camp
Escondido Campground
Kirk Creek Campground
Nacimiento Campground
Mill Creek Day Use Area
Plaskett Creek Campground I Group Camp
Ponderosa Campground
Sand Dollar Day Use Area
Santa Lucia Memorial Park Campground
White Oaks Camp

Ojai Ranger District
Holiday Group Campground
Middle Lion Campground
Pine Mountain Campground
Reyes Peak Campground
Rose Valley Campground
Wheeler Gorge Campground

Santa Lucia Ranger District
American Canyon Campground
Baja Campground
Bates Canyon Campground
Brookshire Campground
Buck Spring Campground
Cerro Alto Campground
Colson Campground
Cumbre Day Use Area
Davy Brown Campground
Figueroa Campground
Friis Campground
Hi Mountain Campground
Horseshoe Spring Campground
La Panza Campground
Miranda Pine Campground
Navajo Campground
Navajo OHV Staging Area
Nira Campground
Pi no Alto Day Use Area

Mount Pinos Ranger District
Aliso Park Campground
Ballinger Campground
Caballo Campground
Campo Alto Campground
Chuchupate Campground
Chula Vista Campground
Dome Springs Campground
Dutchman Campground
Halfmoon Campground
Kings Camp Campground
Marian Campground
McGill Campground
McGill Group Campground
Mt. Pinos Campground
Nettle Springs Campground
Pine Springs Campground
Rancho Nuevo Campground
Reyes Creek Campground
Thorn Meadows Campground
Tinta Campground
Toad Springs Campground
Valle Vista Campground

Santa Barbara Ranger District
Falls Day Use Area
Fremont Campground
Live Oak Day Use Area
Los Prietos Campground
Lower Oso Day Use Area
Paradise Campground
Red Rock Day Use Area
Sage Hill Campground
Upper Oso Campground
White Rock Day Use Area
Rock Camp
P-Bar Flat Campground
Mono Campground
Middle Santa Ynez Campground

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Subject: Order No. 14-0 I
Los Padres National Forest
Fire Use Restriction
To: File
From: Peggy Hernandez, Forest Supervisor

Date: January 10, 2014

Due to an abnormally dry winter, the extreme dry fuel moistures and predicted fire weather forecasts the forest now needs to limit fire use. In order to protect the natural resources and public safety, I am imposing fire restrictions throughout the forest on January II , 2014 through the end of the 2014 fire season.

By restricting open fires it is less likely that an escaped campfire will accidentally cause a wildland fire. Therefore, I will restrict fire use to those designated campfire use sites listed on Exhibit A.

In addition, I will restrict smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or a designated campfire use sites on Exhibit A.

I will also restrict operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.

Zone "A" rifle deer season which includes the majority of the Los Padres National Forest opens August 2014. Zone "0-13" which includes the Mt Pinos District opens October 2014. Due to the numerous shooting related fires last season, recreational shooting is not permitted unless specifically authorized to do so. However, a person hunting during the open hunting season for a 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 the legal game bird or mammal.

I have concluded that this decision may be categorically excluded from documentation in an
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or Environmental Assessment (EA) under the National
Environmental Policy Act. This action falls within the category identified in 36 CFR nO.6(d)(I) prohibitions to provide short-term resource protection or to protect public health and safety - and does not require documentation in a decision memo, decision notice, or record of decision. Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. § 215.12(1), this decision is not subject to administrative appeal. I have determined that there are no extraordinary circumstances associated with this temporary closure and the procedures for legal notice and opportunity to comment (36 CFR 215.4) do not apply to this project. Implementation of the decision may begin immediately.
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PLEASE BE FIRESAFE!

Postby mikesplain on Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:04 pm

Despite lowered USFS fire restrictions, the tragic Pfeiffer Fire should remind us all that California is in the midst of its driest year on record.
Have a happy holiday filled with wilderness travel, but please be careful and consider not having a campfire-
you'll lessen your impact on the land and be rewarded with a much better view of the clear winter night sky.
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Level 4 Fire Restrictions Lifted

Postby mikesplain on Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:05 pm

As of today (December 11th), Fore restrictions have been lifted Forest-wide.
The official Forest Order is attached below.
Conditions are still very dry, so please be careful!

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LEVEL 4 FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Postby mikesplain on Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:44 pm

The Monterey Ranger District had a nice shower of rain this past weekend,
but nevertheless, the Forest is still very dry and Level 4 Fire Restrictions remain in place.
See the thread below for details.
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