Los Padres Closure Order Bars Public From Sherpa Fire Area
Release Date: Jul 13, 2016
Andrew Madsen 805-961-5759
Los Padres National Forest officials issued a forest order closing the Sherpa Fire area to the public effective today. Forest Service law enforcement officers will strictly enforce the closure order, which carries a penalty of $5,000 and/or six months in jail. The order will expire December 1, 2016.
The forest order closes West Camino Cielo Road from Refugio Pass to the Winchester Gun Club. This forest order is necessary to reduce potential conflict between firefighters, their equipment, and the public on the limited road access in the area. Closure of the fire area aims to help ensure that members of the public are not injured within the fire perimeter, and for the scorched landscape to begin the rehabilitation process.
The Sherpa Fire broke out the afternoon of June 15 in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Goleta. The fire eventually burned 7,474 acres and, at the height of the suppression effort, had more than 2,000 personnel assigned to the incident. The fire was declared 100 percent contained as of 6 PM on July 11.
Los Padres fire patrols will continue to monitor the interior and exterior areas of the Sherpa Fire area until full control is achieved over the next two weeks.
“The Sherpa Fire is one-hundred percent contained, but until we have one-hundred percent control our patrols will be on scene to ensure all hotspots are extinguished and there is no possibility of the fire reigniting,” said Santa Barbara District Ranger Pancho Smith.