SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - Los Padres National Forest officials have implemented Level 3 fire restrictions effective immediately due to dry vegetation and increasing fire danger.
So what do Level 3 restrictions entail? For starters, wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest except for designated campfire use sites. However, anyone with a valid California Campfire Permit is allowed to use portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel outside of designated campfire use sites.
View a list of designated campfire use sites here.
California Campfire Permits are available for free download from the Los Padres National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/lpnf/passes-permits. You must clear all flammable material for a distance of 10 feet in all directions from your camp stove, have a shovel available, and make sure someone is watching over the stove at all times when it is in use.
During the Level 3 fire restrictions, recreational target shooting is prohibited in all areas of the National Forest unless specifically authorized by a special use permit with the Forest. Hunting with a valid State of California hunting license during open hunting season is exempt from this restriction.
Smoking is also prohibited in all areas of the national forest except within an enclosed car, building or designated campfire use site.
One restriction that is in effect year-round is the use or operation of any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed or maintained.
Level 3 fire restrictions will be strictly enforced until the order expires. There is no set date of when that will happen.