Los Padres Lifts White Fire Closure Order

Thursday, June 20, 2013
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Paradise Road (Forest Road 5N18) had been closed at the First River Day Use Area while crews removed debris on the road leading to popular recreation sites such as Upper Oso and Red Rock Campgrounds.

Santa Barbara District Ranger Pancho Smith advised visitors to exercise caution when driving along Paradise Road or hiking in areas scorched by the White Fire.

“The vegetation along the Aliso trail is completely gone,” Smith said. “While the trail itself is primarily intact, there are spots where hikers need to be extra careful due loose rocks and gravel. I would encourage folks to avoid the burned areas in favor of the campgrounds and day-use areas that weren’t affected by the fire.”

Visitors are reminded that current fire restrictions prohibit campfires outside established Campfire Use Sites, and recreational target shooting is allowed only under special use permit.

The entire Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area is managed under permit by Rocky Mountain, Inc., and an Adventure Pass (day or annual) is required. There are numerous day use areas with picnic tables, restrooms, BBQs, and access to the river.

Camping in the Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area is limited to established campgrounds through the reservation system at

Visitors are strongly encouraged to plan ahead, come prepared, and contact the Los Prietos Ranger Station for the latest conditions by calling (805) 967-3481.


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It's against the law to charge a fee solely for parking, undeveloped access (Snyder trailhead), parking in turnouts, or any area that lacks the required amenities. And if you don't use the amenities you don't pay!
The forest service thinks it can get around the law by selling off management of this public land to a for profit concessionaire (they keep 10% of adventure pass money). This area was developed long ago with taxpayers funds and shouldn't be exploited by profiteering.

If you think its wrong call the forest service number above and tell them so! And dont buy the adventure pass!

richsbca (anonymous profile)
June 20, 2013 at 7:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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