Wednesday January 10 – 6pm – Balboa Building – 735 State St – Santa Barbara
In addition we’ll dedicate some time to discuss the Thomas Fire and what the fire means to the Los Padres Forest. We’ll also have a raffle, some frothy beverages to enjoy compliments of Hollister Brewing Company and enough time to catch up with old fiends and hopefully meet some new ones too. We hope to see you there.
The closure order for portions of the Los Padres remains intact, closing all forest entry into areas that burned during the Thomas Fire. There has been a lot of confusion and frustration regarding the closure, including the temporary closing of some of the trails outside the burn area. Suppression repair is wrapping up and BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) teams remain on the ground working to protect resources in advance of winter storms. It’ll be a while before the Thomas closure is lifted, please remain patient and obey the closures.
• Sadly, a 40lb bear was euthanized earlier this week along the Sisar Trail. The bear was burned during the Thomas Fire and was unable to recover.
• Much of the access to the Los Padres is in jeopardy at the moment due to the oncoming storm. Slides are expected along forest access roads from Hwy 1 in Big Sur (Soberanes Fire) to 154 in Santa Barbara (Whittier Fire) and down through Hwy 192, 150 and 33 (Thomas Fire). If you have plans to travel through the forest over the coming week, be sure to check access before you head out. The CalTrans website is a great resource.