Clean-up Party

Hello Everyone,A small group of Big Sur locals are hosting a litter pickup this SaturdayJune 4th as part of a renewal of Weston Call’s LOVE Big Sur campaign, and to clean up any remaining trash after the busy holiday weekend. We’re hoping to spark discussions with locals and visitors alike, while returning our beloved Big Sur to her pristine pre-holiday beauty. Hope to see you there!

Carmel Valley Fire



 00138 Type:

 Report of Fire Location:

 9320 Los Prados Dr Loc Desc:

 Los Prados Ln Lat/Lon:

 36.525772 -121.812863 

Detail Information
11:58 AM5[15] [Appended, 11:59:08] [7] PER CDF VEG FIRE NEAR DORRIS
11:58 AM4[10] [Appended, 11:59:08] [2] FIRE IS GETTING LARGER
11:58 AM3[9] [Appended, 11:59:08] [1] UNK WHATS ON FIRE

Memorial Day, 2022

Just a reminder: People often confuse Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. On Memorial Day we honor those who gave their lives in the fight for our country. We honor our dead. Veteran’s Day, we honor the living.

This post is dedicated to all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and for us…In memory of all of them, in all our many wars. 

Visitors Use Management — Los Padres Forest, Monterey District

News Release

Los Padres officials to hold public workshop

on coastal zone visitor use management strategy

SOLVANG, Calif.— Los Padres National Forest officials announced that the Monterey Ranger District will host a public workshop as part of its development of a visitor use management strategy to address recreation trends and visitor use of coastal areas managed by the Forest Service along the Big Sur coast and California State Highway One.

The public is invited to attend the open house workshop from 10 am to 3 pm on June 8 at the Big Sur Lodge located at 47225 Highway One. The workshop will be open to all members of the public who are interested in sharing ideas, concerns, and potential management actions.

The visitor use management project is focused on National Forest System lands that are accessed from Highway One from Andrew Molera State Park in the north to San Carpoforo beach in the south and stretching inland to approximately the Nacimiento Summit. This includes portions of the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness areas and the Big Sur Wild and Scenic River that are accessed from the coast.

Big Sur is a national and international travel destination that is experiencing unprecedented visitation resulting in traffic congestion, expanded levels of dispersed/concentrated camping on previously undisturbed areas, and an increased potential for an accidental wildfire ignition.

Following the Visitor Use Management Framework, a process outlined by the Interagency Visitor Use Management Council, the goal of this project is to provide sustainable recreation opportunities and access by identifying desired conditions, adaptive management strategies, and management tools.

Those who are interested in the planning process are invited to attend the public workshop for all or part of the scheduled time. If you are unable to attend the workshop, you are invited to review the project information and provide input via the online Coastal Zone Visitor Use Management StoryMap (see “Get Involved” tab for collaborative map options) or by e-mail to

Questions may be directed to Monterey Ranger District Resource Officer Fin Eifert by e-mail to or by calling (831) 385-5434.


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Fire Restrictions

If you live in the back country and/or are an inholder in the LPNF, you might want to print up a dozen of these notices and carry them with you.

News Release

For Immediate Release

May 26, 2022

Media Contact: Andrew Madsen
(805) 895-0841

Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Fire restrictions take effect

on Los Padres National Forest

SOLVANG, Calif.— In response to the increasing potential for a wildland fire start, Los Padres National Forest officials announced that fire restrictions will be implemented throughout the Forest effective May 27. These restrictions will affect the use of campfires, stoves, smoking materials, and internal combustion engines, and will remain in effect until January 31, 2023. 

Effective May 27, 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, 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 can be obtained free-of-charge at theReady For Wildfire website. 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 always attends the stove 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.
  • Recreational target shooting is prohibited within Los Padres National Forest except for the Winchester Canyon Gun Club and Ojai Valley Gun Club that operate under special use permits.

For a list of Developed Recreation Sites and Campfire Use Sites in Los Padres National Forest, or further information regarding Fire-Safe Camping, visit or contact the U.S. Forest Service district office nearest you.


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Prescribed burns on FHL Thurs and Fri

FHL FD, CALFIRE, Los Padres National Forest and Central Fire from Santa Cruz will be conducting Prescribed Burns THU 26 MAY and FRI 27 MAY from 0900-1700.

THU: TA 20 (Gabilan Road and Alice Road); Behind the MPRC Backdrop
FRI: : TA 16 (Hay Camp, Nacimiento-Fergusson and San Miguelito Loop Roads); Hay Camp Light Demo Range Area

King Fire

It is in the Salinas Riverbed behind KFC on Broadway in King City. It started in a homeless camp. It is currently 100 acres and 15% contained. It started just after 2 pm this afternoon. It is headed in a southerly direction, but remaining inside the Salinas River bed. This is a King City responsibility area, not Cal Fire. There have been evacuations, but most are voluntary. Broadway has been closed on and off most of the afternoon.

Fire Country disclaimer from Cal Fire

As many of you are aware, last week a new television series on CBS called “Fire Country” began garnering attention on the internet and social media. The drama series relates to inmate firefighters working for a fire agency called CAL FIRE. I want to be clear that CAL FIRE, CDCR, nor CAL FIRE Local 2881, had any involvement with this television series. This television series is a misrepresentation of the professional all-hazards fire department and resource protection agency that CAL FIRE is. The dramatization of inmate firefighters fighting members of CAL FIRE is a poor reflection of the value of our Camps Program and the incredible work and leadership of our Fire Captains who supervise our handcrews. While we cannot prevent this television series from airing, I believe it is important for each of you to hear from me directly that the Department was not involved in its creation or support. Should you receive any media inquiries or requests for comment, please forward requests to our Sacramento Communications Program. Please know that I am incredibly proud of the work that each of you do every day and look forward to the progress we make together serving the people of California. Respectfully, Joe Tyler Director/Fire Chief CAL FIRE