Due to extremely dry vegetation and increasing fire danger, Los Padres National Forest officials have announced that Level IV fire restrictions went into effect Tuesday. The following restrictions will be rigorously enforced until the end of the declared fire season:
• Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest including designated campfire use sites; however, persons with a valid California campfire permit are allowed to use portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel within the designated campfire use sites only.
California campfire permits are available for free download from the Los Padres National Forest website (www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf). You must clear all flammable material for a distance of 5 feet in all directions from your camp stove, have a shovel available and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times when it is in use.
• Recreational target shooting is prohibited in all areas of the National Forest unless specifically authorized by a special use permit with the forest; however, hunting with a valid state of California hunting license during open hunting season is exempt from this restriction.
• Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the national forest except within an enclosed vehicle, building or designated campfire use site.
• Fireworks are prohibited at all times and in all locations within Los Padres National Forest.
• Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark-arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order on roads and trails specifically designated for such use. (This restriction is in effect year-round.)
For more information regarding current conditions and safety tips, visit www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf or a Forest Service office.