Due to wildfire conditions, wood and charcoal fires are prohibited throughout Los Padres National Forest. However, visitors with a free permit — downloadable at fs.usda.gov/lpnf — will be able to use portable stoves in designated sites. Unpermitted recreational target shooting has also been temporarily banned; same with fireworks and operating an engine without a spark-arresting device. Smoking is not permitted, except inside a vehicle or building or at a designated campfire site.
Editor’s Note: The headline on this story was changed on August 22, 2018, as all campfires are forbidden; camp stoves may be used only with a permit.