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Fire Restrictions in Effect for Los Padres National Forest Campgrounds

Several campgrounds on Paradise road is open just in time for Labor Day Weekend, despite Santa Barbara County is still under extreme fire danger.

“Our probability of ignition is nearly 100 percent. If a spark hits the ground and fuel. It’s going to start a fire period,” said Pancho Smith, district ranger for Los Padres National Forest.

Campgrounds where the Rey Fire started and areas deeper in the backcountry will be closed because of the potential for falling rocks, trees and power lines. Campgrounds up until the first crossing on Paradise Road will be open, but with restrictions.

“Don’t bring any firewood. We’re not allowing any campfires in the campgrounds or outside of the campgrounds,” said Smith.

Recreational target shooting, smoking and lighting fireworks are also not allowed.

“The Rey Fire in particular burned during a very hot and dry time of the year. Our live fuel moisture which again is another one of measures how much moisture is actually in a green tree or green bush, is very low this year. It’s way below critical so almost anything creates an explosive fire,” said Smith.

Violators could be fined $5000 and/or 6 months in jail.

For more information on what campers can and can’t bring, visit the Los Padres National Forest website.

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