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Los Padres National Forest has announced fire restrictions, which began on Monday and will go through late fall.

The 1.7 million-acre forest, which includes Big Sur in Monterey County, has placed the restrictions in order in order to stamp out the increasing potential for wildfires in areas where late season rainfall resulted in extra grass, forest officials said.

Under the restrictions, no open fires, campfires or charcoal fires will be allowed outside of developed recreation sites or designated campfire sites, even with a valid California Campfire Permit.

Wendell Los Padres National Forest, the 1.7 million-acre federal land that encompasses Big Sur in Monterey County, will be under strict fire restrictions through Fall 2020 due to late rains and an abundance of grass fuel.

Lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are only permitted with a campfire permit, which is free.

Additionally, smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle, building or designated campfire site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter and clear of all flammable material.

More restrictions and other information can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.

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