NEWS ALERT: Los Padres National Forest Imposes Fire Restrictions

GOLETA, CA – In response to the increasing possibility of wildland fire, Los Padres National Forest officials announced today that they will be imposing fire restrictions throughout the forest, beginning June 19, 2009. These restrictions will affect the use of campfires, stoves, smoking materials and internal combustion engines and will remain in effect until high fire season ends, probably in late autumn.

Beginning June 19, 2009 and until the close of high fire season, the following restrictions will be in effect:

No open fires, campfires or charcoal fires will be permitted outside of developed recreation sites or designated Campfire Use Sites (see list below), 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 (available free-of-charge 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 when it is in use.

No smoking, except while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable

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.

Forest Supervisor Peggy Hernandez cited dry conditions and recent erratic fire behavior observed during the Jesusita Fire in her decision to limit the usage of open flame fire in the forest. “Unfortunately, we have already experienced an early season wildfire which demonstrated just how volatile conditions are,” explained Hernandez.

For a list of Developed Recreation Sites and Campfire Use Sites in Los Padres National Forest, or further information regarding Fire-Safe Camping, contact one of the Forest Service offices listed below, or visit the Los Padres National Forest website at

Forest Supervisor’s Office – (805) 968-6640
Monterey Ranger District – (831) 385-5434
Santa Lucia Ranger District – (805) 925-9538
Santa Barbara Ranger District – (805) 967-3481
Ojai ranger District – (805) 646-4348
Mt. Pinos Ranger District – (661) 245-3731

Forest Service Developed Sites in Los Padres National Forest Where Campfires and Barbecues Are Permitted

Monterey Ranger District
Arroyo Seco Campground/Group Camp
Arroyo Seco Day Use Area
Bottchers Gap Campground
China Camp Campground
Escondido Campground
Kirk Creek Campground
Nacimiento Campground
Mill Creek Picnic Area
Plaskett Creek Campground/ Group Camp
Ponderosa Campground
Sand Dollar Day Use Area
Santa Lucia Memorial Park Campground
White Oaks Campground

Mount Pinos Ranger District
Aliso Park Campground
Ballinger Campground
Caballo Campground
Campo Alto Campground
Chuchupate Campground
Chula Vista Campground
Dome Springs Campground
Dutchman Campground
Halfmoon Campground
Kings Camp Campground
Marian Campground
McGill Campground
McGill Group Campground
Mt. Pinos Campground
Nettle Springs Campground
Ozena Campground
Pine Springs Campground
Rancho Nuevo Campground
Reyes Creek Campground
Thorn Meadows Campground
Tinta Campground
Toad Springs Campground
Valle Vista Campground

Ojai Ranger District
Holiday Group Campground
Middle Lion Campground
Pine Mountain Campground
Reyes Peak Campground
Rose Valley Campground
Wheeler Gorge Campground

Santa Lucia Ranger District
American Canyon Campground
Baja Campground
Barrel Spring Campground
Bates Canyon Campground
Brookshire Campground
Buck Spring Campground
Cerro Alto Campground
Colson Campground
Cumbre Day Use Area
Davy Brown Campground
Figueroa Campground
Friis Campground
Hi Mountain Campground
Horseshoe Spring Campground
La Panza Campground
Miranda Pine Campground
Navajo Campground
Navajo Flat OHV Staging Area
Nira Campground
Pino Alto Day Use Area
Wagon Flat Campground

Santa Barbara Ranger District
Cachuma Campground
Falls Day Use Area
First Crossing Day Use Area
Fremont Campground
Live Oak Day Use Area
Los Prietos Campground
Lower Oso Day Use Area
Middle Santa Ynez Campground
Mono Campground
P-Bar Flat Campground
Paradise Campground
Red Rock Day Use Area
Rock Camp
Sage Hill Campground
Upper Oso Campground
White Rock Day Use Area

This is part of the June 12, 2009 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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