SOLVANG, Calif.– Los Padres National Forest is warning the public to plan ahead and with safety in mind if they intend to visit the forest for recreational activities as hazards increase in stormy weather.
Forest officials warn the storm could bring snow-covered and slippery roads, rockslides, trail washouts, possible flash floods and other hazards. Governor Newsom has issued a state of emergency ahead of an approaching storm system.
In the event you or your party become lost or stranded, Forest officials recommend the following measures:
• Contact the Forest Service office nearest your destination for current conditions as many forest roads are closed during significant weather events and some are closed for the entire winter.
• Check local weather reports and bring a map of the area with you and know how to read it.
• Check your tires and windshield wiper blades and make sure your vehicle has a full tank or is fully charged.
• If you’re visiting high elevation areas where snow is possible, make sure to bring tire chains.
• Bring an extra set of dry clothes, a warm jacket and hat, gloves, and appropriate footwear.
• Pack extra food and water, a flashlight with fresh batteries, a first-aid kit and a shovel.
• Leave your itinerary and expected time of return with a family member or friend.
• If you become lost or injured, stay calm and get out of the elements when possible. Stay put! Do not wander. Searchers have a better chance of finding you faster if you remain near your planned route.
• Remember that while cell phones are helpful, cell coverage is spotty or unavailable in many areas of the forest.
An Adventure Pass is required to access “snow play” areas of the Forest.