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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3 thoughts on “Fire Restrictions

  1. Kate, good idea, printing these regulations. This week, at Safeway, Crossroads, I watched the tourists loading their multiple bags of ice, and bundles of firewood into their car. Again, I believe we should limit sales of firewood to folks who have a local zip, or can show a BNB reservation, not that I approve of those, but at least they ‘ll be indoors, or fire pit. We need Mary Adams to push for a restriction of firewood sales to tourists. It’s a huge component to this problem. It’s a part of the solution. Thanks for all you do to keep us safe💜💑

  2. With no patrols, unless locals get involved which can be sketchy, whose going to stop illegal fires?

  3. There are supposed to be 3 USFS LEOs patrollling this holiday weekend. They will be on ATVs which Anni saw come through Gorda last week.

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