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Los Padres National Forest raises fire restrictions

Posted at 11:42 AM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 14:42:54-04

The Los Padres National Forest is raising fire restrictions because of the increased potential for wildfires.

The restrictions go into effect Saturday, June 29.

They include:

  • 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. 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 U.S. 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.
  • Fireworks, even the “safe and sane” variety, are not permitted at any time or in any location within the Forest.