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Fire Restrictions in effect June 29, 2024

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Increased Fire Restrictions prohibiting campfires in backcountry camps are in effect throughout the entire Los Padres National Forest, including the Ventana and Silver Peak Wildernesses. The campfire prohibition is in effect through January 31, 2025.

Thank you for being fire safe.
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Fire Restrictions in effect August 1, 2023

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Fire restrictions banning campfires and smoking at backcountry camps in Los Padres National Forest begin August 1, 2023. This includes the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness areas.
Stove use is OK with a valid permit which you can secure at:
https://www.readyforwildfire.org/permit ... re-permit/

Here's the Los Padres National Forest press release announcing the campfire ban:
https://ventanawild.org/images/docs/202 ... ctions.pdf
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Re: Fire Restrictions Lifted for 2022

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December 16, 2022

Snow and rain across Los Padres National Forest have 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/Stove Permit is required to build a campfire outside of a designated Campfire Use Site. California Campfire Permits are available for free download from https://www.readyforwildfire.org/. A list of Campfire Use Sites is available at all Forest offices and on the Los Padres National Forest website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.

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.

The following 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 always prohibited in Los Padres National Forest.

• 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 operate under special use permits.

• Campfires are always prohibited on National Forest System lands in the Santa Barbara Front Country from Gaviota to the Santa Barbara/Ventura County line.

Visitors are encouraged to call the Forest Supervisor’s Office or the local Ranger Station for more information on conditions and restrictions.
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EXTREME Fire Restrictions

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Effective immediately, the Los Padres National Forest has imposed Extreme Fire Restrictions. This means NO STOVES, NO SMOKING, & NO CAMPFIRES in the backcountry until further notice so please plan accordingly.
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COLD CAMPING only in the backcountry

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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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Re: Fire Restrictions

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Yes, it seems a bit odd. Everyone has I would suggest a quick comment to the USFS Recreation Officer with you r comment. Maybe the next time they do a release, they will modify the order making it more clear. The forest order itself does not call out the 3 foot diameter space as being legal. Not sure where that came from.
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Re: Fire Restrictions

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· 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.
That last part "or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material" does not make any sense. So a campfire needs a 10 ft diameter clearance (5 feet in all directions) AND must be allowed by the fire restrictions to begin with, but a smoker who has a fire stick in his/her hand is allowed to only have 3 ft diameter space regardless of the fire restrictions. If a burning cigarette is considered an Open Fire, then I guess the smoker provision is not allowed, but it seems that with the separate paragraph just for smoking, it seems to imply you can still smoke even when you can not have a campfire. If so, this is one of the dumbest rules I have ever seen posted by the Forest Service.
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Re: Fire Restrictions

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As of today, July 3, 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.
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Re: Fire Restrictions

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Cal Fire raised the threat to "High" a week ago in San Luis Obispo County. Hopefully people will heed the warning. We had a fire on Camp San Luis on Tuesday.
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Re: Fire Restrictions

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The scuttlebutt is that it'll be any day now; Forest Orders (e.g., elevated Fire Restrictions) need to pass muster with the agency's legal folks, which can slow things down.

But yes, it's WAY past time! Fingers crossed that anyone bold enough to camp in the current conditions isn't foolish enough to have a campfire...
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