Posted by: Stan Russell | December 17, 2018

Los Padres National Forest reduces fire restrictions from ‘extreme’ to ‘high’

News Release
For Immediate Release
Dec. 17, 2018
Media Contact: Andrew Madsen
(805) 961-5759
andrewmadsen
www.facebook.com/lpnf
Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Los Padres National Forest reduces fire restrictions from ‘extreme’ to ‘high’

GOLETA, Calif.— Snow and rain across Los Padres National Forest has provided sufficient moisture to reduce fire restrictions on the forest from “extreme” to “high” effective December 18, 2018.

Under “high” fire restrictions, campfires and charcoal barbeques will be allowed within designated campgrounds only. Dispersed campfires are not permitted anywhere in Los Padres National Forest under the current fire restrictions. Violators are subject to a fine of $5,000 for an individual and $10,000 for a group, as well as imprisonment for six months.

A California Campfire Permit is required for visitors using portable stoves and lanterns outside of designated campgrounds. These cooking and heating devices must be equipped with a shut-off valve and run on pressurized gas, liquid fuel or propane. California Campfire Permits are available for free download from the Forest website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf). California Campfire Permits as well as a list of Campfire Use Sites is available at all Forest offices.

The following prohibitions will remain in effect until mid-January:

· Operating an internal combustion engine except on a National Forest System road or trail or in designated campfire use sites;

· Recreational target shooting;

· Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame.

Visitors with a valid Forest Products Removal Permit for fuelwood are exempt from the prohibition on operating an internal combustion engine when gathering fuelwood as specified on the permit. The public is 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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