The Los Padres National Forest has imposed tougher restrictions on forest visitors effective immediately, to try to reduce the danger of an accidental brushfire, or forest fire.
No open fires, campfires, or charcoal fires are allowed outside of developed, and designated campgrounds, even for people with California campfire permits. Smoking is banned except for in vehicles, buildings, or designated campgrounds, unless you are in a cleared, or barren area with at least three feet of clearance in all directions.
And, international combustion engine powered vehicles can only be used on roads, or designated trails. It’s expected the Los Padres Forest restrictions will remain in place until sometime this fall, when rain reduces the fire danger.