Emergency Closure of Los Padres National Forest Announced

GOLETA, Calif., Tues., Oct. 23— In conjunction with the Cleveland, San Bernardino, and Angeles National Forest, Los Padres National Forest Supervisor Peggy Hernandez today announced, that as a result of current extreme fire activity in the Southern California Province, very low fuel moisture, and fire suppression resources being stretched to the limit, an emergency closure of the entire Los Padres National Forest.  Supervisor Hernandez stated that the closure, which is effective [Tuesday, Oct. 23], is necessary in order to protect public health and safety, and will be in effect until extreme fire and weather conditions subside.  Private property owners within the forest are exempt from this order, as are individuals or organizations holding special use permits within the forest.
While the closure is in effect, going into or being upon National Forest System lands, roads, or trails within the Los Padres National Forest will not be allowed.  Violators will be subject to fines and/or possible arrest.

County roads and state highways which run through the forest will remain open to through traffic.  Drivers are urged to use caution and to be aware of possible fire activity in the area.

For more information regarding the closure or current fire activity in the forest, contact the Los Padres National Forest Fire Information Center at 805-961-5770.

This is part of the October 19, 2007 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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