Los Padres National Forest officials today announced the closure of the recreation sites in the Figueroa Recreation Area due to concerns related to dead and dying hazardous trees that pose a safety risk to visitors. The temporary closure is effective immediately.
This temporary closure includes Figuerora Campground, Pino Alto Day Use Area, Figuerora Lookout, Cumbre Day Use Area and Forest Service Road 8N16 (Lookout Road). These areas will remain closed until the public safety risk is mitigated by cutting the hazardous trees.
The effects of rising temperatures, extended drought, and aggressive bark beetle infestations have created a tree mortality epidemic across California. Since 2010, an estimated 40 million trees have been lost. These standing dead trees have created hazards across the forest and surrounding communities and campgrounds, and present an unnecessary risk to visitors and employees along roads, trails and utility corridors. They also pose a significant threat to communities and fire responders if a wildfire occurs in these high-hazard areas.
“We are temporarily closing these areas until we can safely eliminate the risk these hazard trees pose to visitors as well as our employees,” said Santa Lucia District Ranger Nathan Rezeau. “We appreciate the public’s cooperation and understanding while we take the necessary steps to safely remove the dangerous trees.”
Members of the public are reminded that they should always call ahead to the district office for the latest conditions and consult the National Weather Service for current weather forecasts.
For more information, visit our website or call the Santa Lucia District Office at (805) 925-9538.