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Los Padres Nat’l Forest bans recreational target shooting for fire precautions

Posted at 12:23 PM, Jul 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-07 15:23:45-04

The Los Padres National Forest put a ban on recreational target shooting Saturday due to hazardous fire conditions. 

Forest officials say the ban is mainly because of increasing hazards associated with the seasonal decline of fuel moisture levels and predicted fire weather. 

The order claims discharging a firearm is only allowed in designated target ranges at Winchester Canyon Gun Club and Ojai Valley Gun Club. 

The Los Padres National Forest recently raised fire restrictions – the day before the Fourth of July holiday – to prohibit campfires except for in designated areas. 

Anyone caught target shooting outside of the gun clubs could face a $5,000 fine as an individual or $10,000 fine as an organization, and/or up to six months in prison. 

The ban will be in effect through at least late-autumn, when officials will reconsider whether the area is safe to allow it.