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Los Padres National Forest Reopens To Public

Lance Orozco
The more than 1.9 million acre Los Padres National Forest is open to the public again, after a more than three week closure due to fire concerns.

The national forest was closed for more than three weeks because of fire safety concerns.

The Los Padres National Forest has ended its more than three-week long closure to the public.

The National Forest was fully closed to all public use August 31. It was part of a shutdown of all of the state’s National Forests because of the massive wildfires burning in the Western United States. With firefighting resources stretched thin, the shutdowns were considered a necessary precaution to allow resources to be focused on the big blazes.

The Los Padres, as well as the Angeles, Cleveland, and San Bernardino National Forests reopened Thursday morning.

You can once again use trails, roads, and campgrounds in the forests. But, wood and charcoal fires are banned. Portable lanterns and stoves can be used in designated areas.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.