PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Restrictions Lifted in Los Padres As 2011 Fire Season Ends

The arrival of rain on Los Padres National Forest has rovided sufficient moisture levels to reduce fire restrictions on the forest in conjunction with the end of the 2011 declared fire season tomorrow.

Under the reduced fire restrictions, campfires and charcoal barbeques will be allowed in all areas of Los Padres National Forest. A California Campfire Permit is required to build a campfire outside of a designated Campfire Use Site and is available free of charge. A list of Campfire Use Sites and information about how to acquire a campfire permit is available on the Forest Website and at all Los Padres National Forest offices.

Visitors who construct fires outside of designated Campfire Use Sites also must abide by the following rules:

Clear all flammable material for a minimum of five feet in all directions;

Have a shovel available for preparing and extinguishing the fire;

Have a responsible person in attendance at all times;

Extinguish the fire with water, using the “drown, stir and feel” method.

“As we move into the rainy season and relax some of our restrictions, it’s important for the public to be cognizant that fires can occur at any time of the year,” said Los Padres National Forest Supervisor Peggy Hernandez. “I strongly encourage all visitors to exercise caution while spending time in the forest.”

The following fire restrictions will remain in effect:

Spark arresters are required on all off-highway vehicles, chainsaws, and other internal combustion engines and equipment;

A permit is required for all welding, grinding, cutting, or use of explosives;

Tracer ammunition is prohibited at all times;

Fireworks are prohibited in Los Padres National Forest at all times and in all places.

Visitors are encouraged to call their local Ranger Station for more information on conditions and restrictions.

Santa Barbara Ranger District – (805) 967-3481

Ojai Ranger District – (805) 646-4348

Mt. Pinos Ranger District – (661) 245-3731

Santa Lucia Ranger District – (805) 925-9538

Monterey Ranger District – (831) 385-5434

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