Fire Restrictions in Los Padres Take Effect July 3
updated: Jul 03, 2012, 11:11 AM
Source: US Forest Service
In response to the increasing potential for a wildland fire start, Los Padres National Forest officials
announced that Level 2 fire restrictions will be implemented throughout the forest beginning July 3,
2012. These restrictions will affect the use of campfires, stoves, smoking materials and internal
combustion engines, and will remain in effect until the end of fire season in late autumn.
Beginning July 3, 2012, 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 (LIST ATTACHED), 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 during use.
- Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated Campfire Use Site,
or 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
"The moisture levels are at a critical threshold. Combine that with warm temperatures and high winds
and we all the ingredients for fire starts," Los Padres Forest Fire Management Officer Anthony Escobar
said. "The most important thing is for forest visitors to be vigilant when conditions are bone-dry like
For a list of Developed Recreation Sites and Campfire Use Sites in Los Padres National Forest, or further
information regarding Fire-Safe Camping, visit www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf or contact the Forest Service
district office nearest you.
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