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Whittier Fire News Release

Fire Restrictions Increase on the Los Padres National Forest

Incident: Whittier Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/12/2017

Release Date: Jun 20, 2017 Goleta, CA

Contact(s): Andrew Madsen (805) 961-5759


In response to the increasing potential for a wildland fire start, Los Padres National Forest officials announced that Level II fire restrictions will be implemented 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 Forest Fire Management Officer Carrie Landon 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.

Campfire Use Sites

Monterey Ranger District


Arroyo Seco Campground / Group Camp

Arroyo Seco Day Use Area

Bottchers Gap Campground

China Camp

Escondido Campground

Kirk Creek Campground

Nacimiento Campground

Mill Creek Day Use Area

Plaskett Creek Campground / Group Camp

Ponderosa Campground

Sand Dollar Day Use Area

Santa Lucia Memorial Park Campground

White Oaks Camp


Santa Lucia Ranger District


American Canyon Campground

Baja Campground

Bates Canyon Campground

Brookshire Campground

Buck Spring Campground

Cerro Alto Campground

Colson Campground

Cumbre Day Use Area

Davy Brown Campground

Figueroa Campground

Friis Campground

Hi Mountain Campground

Horseshoe Spring Campground

La Panza Campground

Miranda Pine Campground

Navajo Flat Campground

Nira Campground

Pino Alto Day Use Area


Santa Barbara Ranger District


Falls Day Use Area

First Crossing Day Use Area

Fremont Campground

Live Oak Day Use Area

Los Prietos Campground

Lower Oso Day Use Area

Middle Santa Ynez Campground

Mono Campground

P-Bar Flat Campground

Paradise Campground

Red Rock Day Use Area

Rock Camp

Sage Hill Campground

Upper Oso Campground

White Rock Day Use Area


Ojai Ranger District


Holiday Group Campground

Middle Lion Campground

Pine Mountain Campground

Reyes Peak Campground

Rose Valley Campground

Wheeler Gorge Campground


Mount Pinos Ranger District


Aliso Park Campground

Ballinger Campground

Caballo Campground

Campo Alto Campground

Chuchupate Campground

Chula Vista Campground

Dome Springs Campground

Dutchman Campground

Halfmoon Campground

Kings Camp Campground

Marian Campground

McGill Campground

McGill Group Campground

Thorn Meadows Campground

Toad Springs Campground

Valle Vista Campground

Rancho Nuevo Campground


Mt. Pinos Campground

Pine Springs Campground

Reyes Creek Campground

Unit Information

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Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
6750 Navigator Way
Suite 150
Goleta, CA 93117

Incident Contact

Los Padres National Forest
Phone: 805-968-6640
Hours: 9 AM until 5 PM

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