Due to extreme fire danger, the entire Los Padres National Forest has been closed to the public, a move that may be a first in the history of the forest.
The closure means that the public is not allowed to hike on trails in the forest or drive on its roads. The closure went into effect today and will stay in effect until the extreme fire danger subsides.
Forest Supervisor Peggy Hernandez made the decision to close the forest due to very low fuel moisture levels and firefighting resources being stretched to the limit with more than a dozen fires burning throughout Southern California.
State and county roads through the forest are still open to through traffic. Private property owners within the forest are exempt from the closure.
What’s taking those autumn rains so long, anyway?