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Fire Restrictions reduced

PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:00 pm
by mikesplain
Effective today, the Los Padres National Forest has reduced fire restrictions such that campfires are again permitted in the backcountry (with a valid California Campfire Permit). Please be safe and LEAVE NO TRACE!

Here's the official News Release:

For Immediate Release
January 29, 2019
Media Contact: Andrew Madsen
(805) 961-5759

www.facebook.com/lpnf
Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Los Padres National Forest reduces fire restrictions

GOLETA, Calif. – Snow and rain across Los Padres National Forest has provided sufficient moisture 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 the Forest. A California Campfire Permit is required to build a campfire outside of a designated Campfire Use Site. California Campfire Permits are available for free download from the Forest website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf). A list of Campfire Use Sites is available 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 five 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.

“As we move into the rainy season and reduce fire restrictions, it’s important to remember that fire can happen at any time of the year,” said Los Padres National Forest Fire Chief Jim Harris. “I strongly encourage all visitors to exercise caution while they are out enjoying the forest.”

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;
• Recreational target shooting is prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest except for the Winchester Canyon Gun Club and the Ojai Valley Gun Club that are under special use permits.

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

Fire Restrictions

PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:57 pm
by mikesplain
As of Tuesday, December 18th, portable stoves will again be allowed in the backcountry (with a valid California Campfire Permit). Stoves and campfires will be allowed in designated car campgrounds. See the attached documents for USFS text and a list of campfire use sites.



COLD CAMPING- no campfires or stoves in the backcountry

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:09 pm
by mikesplain
As of Thursday, August 9th, 2018, the Los Padres National Forest is increasing Fire Restrictions. This means NO CAMPFIRES anywhere on the Forest & NO STOVES in the backcountry. Camp stoves are allowed at a handful of “Campfire Use Sites” (official car campgrounds) with a CA Campfire Permit. Plan for cold-camping only in the backcountry until further notice.

The official Forest Order:
Los Padres officials announce additional fire restrictions

GOLETA, Calif. – Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that additional fire restrictions will go into effect beginning tomorrow, August 9, 2018. 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 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. 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 National Forest unless specifically authorized by a special use permit with the Forest; 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.

This restriction will remain in effect until the end of fire season.



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Level 3 Fire Restrictions

PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:57 am
by mikesplain
As of July 4, 2018, Fire Restrictions have been increased in the Los Padres National Forest which includes the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Areas. In simple language, this means that NO CAMPFIRES are permitted in backcountry camps. Following are the details:

· No open fires, campfires or charcoal fires will be permitted outside of developed recreation sites or designated Campfire Use Sites, even with a valid California Campfire Permit. Just because there might be a fire ring at the place you camp does not mean it is a "developed recreation site" or "designated Campfire Use Site." It is not. Lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel will be permitted, but only with a valid California Campfire Permit, which are available free-of-charge on the Forest website and at any Forest Service office. Forest visitors must clear all flammable material for five feet in all directions from their camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times during use.

· Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or a designated Campfire Use Site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

· Internal combustion engines may be operated only on roads or designated trails. This restriction is in effect year-round. Please make sure your engine is tuned, operating properly, and has an approved spark arrester.

Level 1 Fire Restrictions

PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:02 am
by mikesplain
As Betsy mentions below, the Los Padres National Forest is now in Level 1 Fire Restrictions.

For more information, see- https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/lpnf/ale ... ?aid=23943

To acquire a campfire permit on-line, visit- http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/

Thanks for being fire safe & practicing Leave No Trace Principle #5- minimize Campfire Impacts- https://lnt.org/learn/principle-5

Re: Fire Restrictions

PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:15 pm
by Betsy M
Fire restrictions were reduced on January 19th, 2018. A campfire permit is still required for stoves and fires in the backcountry.

Level 3 Fire Restrictions

PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:16 pm
by mikesplain
LEVEL 3 FIRE RESTRICTIONS are in effect as of today, July 19th, 2017. This means NO CAMPFIRES & NO SMOKING outside of a few designated car campgrounds. (See Exhibit A). Stoves are still allowed with a valid Campfire Permit, but please abide by the permit requirements- shovel, bucket, bare mineral soil. Additional restrictions apply to firearms as well, see the attached Forest Order for details.

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Level 2 Fire Restrictions

PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:48 pm
by mikesplain
LEVEL 2 FIRE RESTRICTIONS are in effect as of June 14th, 2017. This means NO CAMPFIRES IN THE BACKCOUNTRY until further notice. The official notice is posted below.

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Re: Fire Restrictions

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:34 pm
by VWA Admin
Fire Restrictions Lifted on Los Padres National Forest

GOLETA, CA, January 17, 2017…Snow and rain across Los Padres National Forest has provided sufficient moisture 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 the Forest THAT ARE OUTSIDE OF THE SOBERANES FIRE CLOSURE BOUNDARIES. A California Campfire Permit is required to build a campfire outside of a designated Campfire Use Site. California Campfire Permits are available for free download from the Forest website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf). A list of Campfire Use Sites is available 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 five 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 the Forest have also been lifted.

“As we move into the rainy season and reduce fire restrictions, it’s important to remember that fire can happen at any time of the year,” said Los Padres National Forest Fire Chief Carrie Landon. “I strongly encourage all visitors to exercise caution while they are out enjoying the forest.”

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.
Monterey Ranger District – (831) 385-5434
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

LEVEL 4 FIRE RESTRICTIONS

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:19 am
by mikesplain
This is just a reminder of Level 4 Fire Restrictions across the entire Los Padres National Forest- NO SMOKING, NO CAMPFIRES & NO STOVES in the backcountry. If you're headed out there, bring meals & beverages that can be served cold!

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