Los Padres National Forest announced it has put more fire restrictions in place because of extremely dry brush and a rising fire danger.
The restrictions started immediately and will last through Dec. 31. The restrictions that the U.S. Forest Service will enforce include:
No wood or charcoal fires in any area of the forest, including in campfire sites. Those with a valid California campfire permit can use portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel in certain sites. No target shooting in any area without a special use permit. No smoking in any part of the forest except closed vehicles, buildings or designated campfire use sites.
Anyone who violates the restrictions could face a fine of $5,000 or six months in jail. Designated campfire use sites for the Monterey ranger district include the Arroyo Seco campground, the Arroyo Seco day use area, China camp, Escondido campground, Kirk Creek campground, Nacimiento campground, Mill Creek day use area, Plaskett Creek campground, Ponderosa Campground, Sand Dollar day use area, Santa Lucia Memorial Park campground and White Oaks camp.