Los Padres Closure Order Expanded for Soberanes Fire Area

Contact(s): Andrew Madsen 805-961-5759

Los Padres National Forest officials today extended the forest closure order for the Soberanes Fire on the Monterey Ranger District 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 when the Soberanes Fire is fully contained and controlled.

The Soberanes Fire Closure Area now includes the entire Monterey Ranger District, as shown on the attached map. The notable exception is that Nacimiento-Fergusson Road remains open to through traffic. Campgrounds along Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd are closed.

Forest Service campgrounds along Hwy 1 will remain open.

Closure of the fire area aims to help ensure that members of the public are not injured within the fire perimeter, allows for the scorched landscape to begin the rehabilitation process, and reduces the potential for another human-caused wildfire.

The Soberanes Fire broke out the morning of July 22 in the Garrapata State Park north of Big Sur. The fire has burned 95,716 acres and is currently being managed by the Alaska Type 1 Incident Management Team.