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Fireworks Prohibited in Los Padres National Forest

Violators could receive a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail

Forest Service officials are reminding Los Padres National Forest visitors that the possession or use of fireworks, including the “safe and sane” variety, is strictly prohibited in the forest at all times. Rangers patrolling the forest will strictly enforce the “no fireworks” law.

A violation of the law could result in a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail. Also, anyone causing a wildfire is liable for all costs associated with suppressing the fire.

The Forest Service asks all forest visitors to take the following precautions to prevent wildfires.

Know Before You Go

» Contact the ranger station nearest your destination to obtain information on current conditions and to get a California campfire permit.

» Campfires are currently permitted only in campfire use sites and must be attended at all times.

» Lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are permitted outside of campfire use sites, but only with a valid California campfire permit. Permits are available for free at any Forest Service office. All flammable materials within 5 feet of camp stoves must be cleared, and a responsible person with a shovel must attend the stove at all times while it’s in use.

» Smoking is permitted in areas at least 3 feet in diameter that are barren or have been cleared of all flammable materials.

» Operating internal or external combustion engines requires a properly installed, maintained in effective working order and approved spark arresters.

» The use of open flame fire in the forest generally becomes more restricted as the vegetation and the weather becomes hotter and drier. 

You Can Help

» Make sure campfires in the campfire use sites are “dead out” before leaving by adding water and stirring until ashes are cold.

» Avoid parking vehicles on grass, as hot engines can ignite dry vegetation.

» Report any suspicious activity to the nearest Forest Service officer or ranger station. Call 9-1-1 to report a fire or other emergency.

— Joe Pasinato is a spokesman for the Los Padres National Forest.

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