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Thomas Fire

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Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
California
Goleta, CA 93117

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LOS PADRES CLOSES NATIONAL FOREST DUE TO THOMAS FIRE

Thomas Fire Wildfire
Closures – 12/19/2017


Los Padres closes National Forest due to Thomas Fire
GOLETA, CA…Effectively immediately, Los Padres National Forest officials issued a forest order prohibiting access on the Ojai, Santa Barbara and Mt. Pinos Ranger Districts.. The Thomas Fire is actively burning on multiple ranger districts, with separate flanks of the fire continuing to grow and spread rapidly. This closure is being implemented to provide for public safety and will remain in effect until it is safe to reenter the area. District Ranger Pancho Smith said “We are experiencing unprecedented conditions and fire behavior for this time of year. Our top priority is the safety of the public, adjacent communities, and our firefighters”. The boundary of the Thomas Fire Closure Area begins at the intersection of California Highway 154 and the boundary of the Los Padres National Forest just north of its intersection with Forest Road No. 5N12 (East Camino Cielo Road), then continues northeast along the boundary of the San Rafael and Dick Smith Wilderness Areas. The closure then continues east, south and west along the forest boundary back to the starting point, as shown on Exhibit B. Forest Service law enforcement officers will strictly enforce the closure order, which carries a penalty of $5,000 and/or six months in jail.

Los Padres National Forest

Thomas Fire Area Closures

Santa Barbara Ranger District Recreation Closures

Campgrounds closed in the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area (Red Rock) due to the Thomas Fire

· Fremont · Paradise · Los Prietos · Upper Oso · Sage Hill Group Campground

Closed Day Use/Picnic Areas in the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area due to the Thomas Fire Forest

· White Rock · First Crossing Day Use · Lower Oso Day Use · Falls Day Use · Sandstone Day Use · Live Oak Day Use/Picnic Area · Red Rock Day Use/Picnic Area

Closed Areas in the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area

· Upper Oso Trailhead · Santa Cruz Trail (impassable beyond 19 Oaks Camp) · Buckhorn OHV Rd · Camuesa OHV Rd

Campgrounds and Hotsprings in the Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area (Pendola)

These areas are currently closed due to the Thomas Fire and storm damage to the Romero Camuesa Rd down to the hotsprings and campgrounds. These areas are closed indefinitely.

· Middle Santa Ynez Campground · Rock Camp · Big Caliente Hotsprings · Little Caliente Hotsprings · P-Bar Flat Campground · Mono Campground

Ojai Ranger District Recreation Area Closures

Due to the Thomas Fire, the following recreation facilities are temporarily closed:

· Reyes Peak Rd · Pine Mountain Campground · Reyes Peak Campground · Reyes Peak Trail · Middle Lion Campground. · Rose Valley Campground · Rose Valley Falls Trail · Lion Canyon Trail · Piedra Blanca Trailhead · Sespe Creek Trail · Piedra Blanca Gene Marshall National Recreation Trail · Piedra Blanca Gene Marshall National Recreation Trail · Holiday Group Campground. · Wheeler Gorge Campground. · Potrero John Trail · Chorro Grande Trail · Matilija Trailhead · Dough Flat Trailhead · Squaw Flat Rd · Cherry Creek Rd is closed

Mt. Pinos Ranger District

Closed Campgrounds due to the Thomas Fire

· Aliso Park · Ballinger (concession-managed by the Parks Management Company - $20/night) · Caballo Campground · Campo Alto Campground · Chucupate Campground · Dome Springs Camp · McGill Campground · McGill Group Campground · Mt. Pinos Campground · Nettle Springs · Chula Vista · Dutchman Campground · Goldhill Camping Area · Halfmoon Campground · Kings Camp · Plieto Creek · Marian Pine Springs · Rancho Nuevo) · Reyes Creek · Toad Springs · Valle Vista · Thorn Meadows

Closed Roads due to the Thomas Fire

· Mt. Pinos Road up to the top of Mt. Pinos Recreation Area and Chula Vista Campground. · Frazier Mountain Road up to Frazier Mountain · Alamo Mountain Road · Grade Valley Road · Scott Russell Road · San Emigdio Road · West Tecuya Road · Lockwood Creek Road · Caballo Road - Marian Road · Edison Road (So Cal Edison SUP Road) · Rancho Nuevo Road · Tinta Road · Santa Barbara Canyon Road (only open to the seasonal gate at Cox Flat)

Closed Trails and OHV Routes due to the Thomas Fire

· (107) San Emigdio OHV Trail · (108) San Emigdio Mountain Trail · 111) Pleito Creek Trail · (112) Salt Creek Trail · (113) Cherry Creek Trail · (114) West Tecuya Trail · (115) Tecuya Timber Sale Route · (116) Coldsprings Trail · (117) East Tecuya Trail; Johnson Ridge Road (aka Edison Road) · (118) West Frazier Mine Road · (119) West Frazier Tie Road · (120) East Frazier Trail · (121) Arrastra Trail · (122) Tejon Trail Trail · (123) Long Dave Trail · (124) Gold Hill Trail · (125) Cottonwood Trail · (126) Yellowjacket Trail · (127) Lockwood Creek Trail · (128) Piru Trail · (129) Miller Jeep Trail · (130) Snowy Trail · (131) Whata Trail · (132) Halfmoon Trail

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