Campgrounds and day-use areas in Los Padres National Forest, along with eight other national forests, remain closed through Sept. 24 to provide for public safety and protect natural resources, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
“We understand how important access to the National Forests is to our visitors,” said Randy Moore, regional forester for the Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region. “Continued closures are essential based on extreme fire conditions, critical limitations of firefighting resources, and to provide for firefighter and public safety.”
The closure applies to all developed campgrounds, day-use sites, and trailheads on all national forest land in the Pacific Southwest Region.
It also applies to the front-country trails above Santa Barbara County’s South Coast.
The affected nine national forests include Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres, Inyo, Klamath, San Bernardino, Sequoia, Sierra, and Six Rivers.
The closures and restrictions went into effect on Sept. 7 due to the unprecedented and dangerous fire conditions, and will continue to be reviewed daily with evolving fire and weather conditions, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
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