Los Padres National Forest prohibits Campfires in Santa Barbara Front County

If they would only do that here. Note the date of the expiration of this order — Feb. 24, 2024.

SOLVANG, Calif.— Los Padres National Forest officials announced that all campfires are now prohibited on National Forest System lands in the Santa Barbara front country due to the increasing fire danger and the potential threat to downslope communities. This prohibition will remain in effect through Feb. 24, 2024.

Over the past 15 years, eight large wildfires have directly impacted the front country communities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria. Extreme fire weather events are now occurring year-round and are compounded by the long-term, severe drought affecting Central and Southern California.

“We’re taking this step to reduce the risk of an escaped campfire sparking a catastrophic wildfire in the urban interface,” said Santa Barbara District Ranger Daryl Hodges. “The front country frequently experiences hot, dry and gusty conditions that are simply incompatible with campfires.”

There are no developed Forest Service recreation sites along the Santa Barbara front country, nor are there any trash receptacles or public restrooms. Visitors are strongly encouraged to practice Leave No Trace principles and pack out everything they bring with them.

Front country visitors possessing a valid California Campfire Permit will be permitted to use portable lanterns or stoves that run on propane, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel.  

To obtain a California Campfire Permit or to read this prohibition and its map, please visit the Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.

3 thoughts on “Los Padres National Forest prohibits Campfires in Santa Barbara Front County

  1. Perhaps we should petition Los Padres National Forest, Monterey District to do the same seeing as how our fire season has already begun!

  2. Perhaps we all should petition the Los Padres National Forest Monterey Ranger District and ask them to do the same seeing as our fire season has already begun!

  3. Seems as though the sensible thing would be to extend the ban throughout the west during Fire Season… but that might require some sensible people.

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