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The entire Monterey Ranger District is closed due to the Soberanes Fire
** SOBERANES FIRE ALERT**
As of October 13, 2016, the Soberanes Fire is now at one-hundred percent containment and will move into patrol status. Crews continue to work towards fully controlling the fire by mopping up and extinguishing hot spots. Smoldering areas within the interior will continue to put up smoke. The fire will be determined completely controlled (out) after a season-ending rain event occurs.
Dozer and hand line repairs are being conducted in the north and south zones. Seventy-nine percent of suppression repair work is now complete with 297 out of 384 miles repaired and 81 miles left. Work around Arroyo Seco is expected to be completed in a few days.
The Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest remains closed to public access. The only recreation sites that remain open are Plaskett Creek and Kirk Creek Campgrounds, Pfeiffer Beach, Sand Dollar Beach and Willow Creek Day Use areas. All trails are closed within the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Areas.While Forest Service campgrounds along Highway 1 will remain open, all trails and campgrounds are closed to the public. The notable exception is that Nacimiento-Fergusson Road remains open to through traffic only.
For more information, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4888/ or follow us at http://www.facebook.com/LosPadresNationalForest or www.twitter.com/LosPadresNF
The fire closure order went into effect on September 3 for the entire Monterey Ranger District was to help ensure that members of the public are not injured within the fire perimeter, allow for the scorched landscape to begin the rehabilitation process, and help reduce the potential for another human-caused fire.
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Los Padres National Forest provides Southern California and the Bay Area with a variety of terrain, vegetation, and recreational settings. There are 1,257 miles of maintained trails which provide both day-use and extended backpacking opportunities. Much of the forest is unroaded and primitive and has 10 congressionally designated wildernesses comprising approximately 875,000 acres or about 48% of the forest. These include the Ventana, Silver Peak, Santa Lucia, Machesna, Garcia, San Rafael, Dick Smith, Sespe, Matilija and Chumash wildernesses.
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