A new fire restriction order has been implemented in Los Padres Forest prohibiting campfires anywhere across the forest. Camp stoves are allowed only within designated campfire use sites. The restriction will be in place until at least Dec. 31, 2021.
“We realize that fire restrictions, which essentially ban hot coffee in the backcountry, are usually met with disapproval but please understand that there are over 170 drought-aided fires burning at the moment across the Western United States and most of the forests across the West are in similar fire restrictions as well,” Los Padres Forest Association said in its recent newsletter.
The Willow Fire in the Northern Los Padres is now 100% contained after burning nearly 3,000 acres within the Ventana Wilderness.