No campfires in Los Padres National Forest effective immediately!

Just in time for 4th of July! Thank you LPNF!

Los Padres officials raise fire restrictions

GOLETA, Calif. – In response to the increasing potential for a wildland fire start, Los Padres National Forest officials announced that fire restrictions have been raised throughout the Forest effective immediately. 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.

Effective immediately, 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, which are available free-of-charge on the Forest website and 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 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.

“The moisture levels are approaching a critical threshold. Combine that with warm temperatures and high winds and we have all the ingredients for fire starts,” Los Padres Deputy Forest Fire Management Officer Jim Harris said. “The most important thing is for forest visitors to be aware of their surroundings and exercise caution when conditions are ripe for a wildfire.”

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.

 

~ by bigsurkate on July 3, 2018.

5 Responses to “No campfires in Los Padres National Forest effective immediately!”

  1. Finally someone is taking a long expected decision. To communicate this to the world and acting upon it will require a huge effort and major communication system!!!
    Why do we have to wait 2 years after the fires….
    Wake up America, wake up Monterey County!
    Since 2015 we have received warnings and nobody is willing to take serious decisions!!!
    Change your mentality before all will be gone!!
    Thank you for the first step!
    Robert K

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  2. Thank you, Los Padres Deputy Forest Fire Management Officer Jim Harris for the timely notice. I’ll print that out and carry it with me to inform the dispersed camping public. May the 4th be uneventful in the forest for the firefighters and residents!

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  3. Good idea, Lisa.

    https://bigsurkate.blog

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  4. Just called sheriffs office to report fireworks on Mal Paso Beach. Remains to be seen if they do anything about it.

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  5. Let us know, if you hear.

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