While we are technically still in Spring, it sure feels a lot like Summer doesn’t it? Over the past week we had triple digit heat across much of the Los Padres, we’re getting the typical summer ritual of creeks starting to dry up and unfortunately we’re seeing some wildfires around the forest as well. The Coleman Fire is currently the largest wildfire in California and is located on the Los Padres just southwest of King City on the outskirts of the Ventana Wilderness. Coleman started last Saturday during the height of the heat-spell and has burned around 2,500 acres while being just over 40% contained. The fire crews have been taking advantage of the cooler temperatures and are making good progress on the fire. They expect containment next Monday June 13. In the meantime there are currently no fire restrictions across the Los Padres but we expect some sort of restrictions to be implemented within the next week or two. Stay tuned and we’ll share any updates both with Coleman and fire restrictions as soon as we hear anything……..
While the coming of summer can mean warmer nights, backcountry swimming holes or one step closer to hunting season, it also means that we’re squarely within rattlesnake season. We’ve had quite a few reports from across the forest of rattler sightings and while fortunately most of them have resulted in happy endings for both snake and human, it’s never a bad idea to learn how to avoid or deal with a bite in the chance that one were to happen. Here’s a few resources and articles for what to do when dealing with a rattler or bite. Be careful, stay alert and remember that having a cell phone, SPOT or other form of communication is never a bad idea…….
The Madulce Village, during May 2016 Working Vacation
FOREST FOUR ONE ONE
An assortment of this and that from across the forest, click the links for more information.
FIRST AID / CPR TRAINING
The LPFA will be hosting a First Aid / CPR class at some point this Summer or early Fall. Super volunteer Susie Thielmann will be the instructor and the class will either be in Santa Barbara or Ventura County. It is open to the first 15 people who sign up. We’ll figure out dates around the availability of interested persons. If you need first aid for a sawyer certification, in order to be a trail leader or want to do it just because it’s a good thing to have, let us know and we’ll put you on the list. INFO@LPForest.org
ROBERT STONE HIKING GUIDES PHOTOGRAPHY
Robert Stone is a local author who writes trail guide books. He will be publishing an updated version of his Ventura County and Santa Barbara County guide books. He’s looking for some great photographs that can be used as a cover photo or along the back of the book. If you have any photos of the area that might make a good cover, let us know and we’ll put you in contact with Robert. Compensation will be provided for selected photographs. INFO@LPForest.org
ROCKFRONT OHV CLOSURE, SLRD
NATIONAL TRAILS DAY – FRANKLIN TRAIL, SBRD
NIGHT FIRE FLYING EXERCISE – CHUCHUPATE, MPRD
MISSING PERSON IN BIG SUR, MRD