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IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ! Level 4 Fire Restrictions

Postby mikesplain on Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:43 pm

With Labor Day weekend coming up and wildfires burning throughout the Sierra Nevada and Klamath Mountains,
we've been getting a lot of calls and emails requesting recommendations for hikes in the Ventana / Silver Peak Wilderness areas.
Most folks seemed surprised to hear that the entire Los Padres National Forest is under such strict fire restrictions;
perhaps either we or the Forest have not been doing a very good job of getting the word out, so here it is again:

NO CAMPFIRES, NO STOVES, NO SMOKING in the backcountry!
COLD CAMPING ONLY until restrictions are lifted (typically after significant rainfall has been recorded in the late fall).

If you can't get through the morning without a hot cup of coffee or tea,
consider car-camping at one of these designated sites where you can use a stove (but not a campfire)
after clearing a 5' radius swath of bare mineral soil:

Arroyo Seco Campground /Group Camp
Arroyo Seco Day Use Area
Bottchers Gap Campground
China Camp
Escondido Campground
Kirk Creek Campground
Nacimiento Campground
Plaskett Creek Campground/Group Camp
Ponderosa Campground
Memorial Park Campground
White Oaks Camp
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LEVEL 4 Fire Restrictions in effect!

Postby mikesplain on Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:51 pm

The short version is- no smoking, no target shooting, NO CAMPFIRES & NO STOVES in the backcountry.
Yes, you read that right- COLD CAMPING ONLY until restrictions are lifted (typically after 2" of rainfall has been recorded in the fall or early winter).
You can read the Forest Order here- http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/news ... RDB5428916
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Re: Fire Restrictions

Postby Betsy M on Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:06 pm

Just a reminder that the USFS put Level III Fire Restrictions in effect on May 17, 2013. Please see this link for details.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/home/?cid=stelprdb5401877
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Re: Fire Restrictions

Postby Betsy M on Mon May 20, 2013 4:08 am

Effective 5/17/13, NO CAMPFIRES are allowed in the backcountry. Only stoves or portable lanterns may be used. A valid California campfire permit is REQUIRED for use of a stove or lantern. You may obtain a free campfire permit from any ranger station, or download one here: (http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5404941.pdf)

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.

Target shooting is prohibited.

Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the national forest except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated Campfire Use Site.

Campfires are still allowed at designated Campfire Use sites:
Arroyo Seco Campground /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/Group Camp
Ponderosa Campground
Sand Dollar Day Use Area
Memorial Park Campground
White Oaks Camp

Check the USFS announcement for more details. http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/news-events/?cid=STELPRDB5420713 This is a very dry year, and there have already been major wildfires in California, including one in Los Padres. It is important to follow fire restriction requirements to protect the Forest.
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Fire Restrictions

Postby mikesplain on Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:26 am

by Betsy M on Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:40 am

Fire Restrictions in Los Padres National Forest have been lifted, as of November 14th. A campfire permit is still required. http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsint ... &%20Events
Contact the Monterey District office for more information:
Monterey Ranger District
406 S. Mildred St.
King City, CA 93930
Voice: 831-385-5434
Fax: 831-385-0628
Tty: 831-385-1189
8:00am - 4:30pm
Monday - Friday
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