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COVID-19 Safety Concerns Prompt Suspension Of Camping In Los Padres National Forest

(U.S. Forest Service Photo)
Concerns about COVID-19 have led to the shutdown of campgrounds in the Los Padres National Forest through the end of 2020.

Concern about spiking coronavirus numbers in California is prompting the shutdown of some national forest campgrounds on the Central and South Coasts.

The U.S. Forest Service issued a regional order which affects five national forests in Southern California, including the Los Padres National Forest.

Forest Service officials say their order aligns with one from the state which temporarily bans overnight stays at campgrounds.

The national forest remains open for day use.  The new order is in effect through January 6th.

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.