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Dec 5, 2012 1:19 PM by Kelly Orsini, KSBY News

Fire restrictions reduced in Los Padres National Forest after rain

Recent rainfall has allowed officials with the Los Padres National Forest to reduce fire restrictions on the forest.
Campfires and charcoal barbeques will now be allowed in all areas of the forest, however people wanting to build a campfire outside of a designated campfire area will need to get a California Campfire Permit, which is available free of charge.

Visitors building a campfire or charcoal fire outside of a designated area must also clear all flammable material for a minimum of five feet in all directions, have a shovel available for putting out the fire, have a responsible person near the fire at all times, and also must put out the fire with water.

Along with the reduced campfire restrictions, prohibitions on smoking and target shooting in the forest will also be 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 Supervisor Peggy Hernandez. "I strongly encourage all visitors to exercise caution while they are 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.

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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