Wildfires are burning throughout the state of California, creating smoky conditions and displacing thousands of residents. With massive wildfires getting close to California State Parks, officials have announced that 25 of those parks are now closed.
The biggest announcement of the week came out of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, which received extensive fire damage including the complete destruction of its visitor center. The park is now closed and will like stay closed for a significant amount of time.
This huge redwood just before Big Basin Redwoods State Park HQ didn’t make it pic.twitter.com/KHQlwyD2AT— EthanBaron (@ethanbaron) August 21, 2020
Meanwhile, there are plenty of other parks that officials are asking to stay away from as the fire continue to spread. The public is advised to avoid the following parks and any other areas that are closed during this time:
CZU August Lightning Complex Fires
- Año Nuevo SP
- Big Basin Redwoods SP (including Rancho Del Oso)
- Butano SP
- Castle Rock SP
- Henry Cowell Redwoods SP
- Portola Redwoods SP
- Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve (SNR) – portions of south side closed including South Tufa and Navy Beach (U.S. Forest Service).
Deer Zone Fire
- Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area
- Mount Diablo SP
- Andrew Molera SP
- Garrapata SP
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
- John Little SNR
- Limekiln SP
- Pfeiffer Big Sur SP
- Point Lobos SNR
- Point Sur SHP
- Empire Mine State Historic Park (SHP)
- Malakoff Diggins SHP
- South Yuba River SP
LNU Lightning Complex Fires
- Armstrong Redwoods SNR
- Austin Creek State Recreation Area
- Fort Ross SHP
SCU Lightning Complex Fires
- Henry W. Coe SP
- Tomales Bay SP
- Mount Tamalpais SP– upper mountain and campgrounds closed, day-use is strongly discouraged.
Due to the active nature of the wildfires, the public is advised to always check ahead, as conditions may evolve rapidly. State Parks peace officers are patrolling the evacuated parks and assisting in mutual aid.
California State Parks is supporting the communities impacted by the wildfires and assisting CAL FIRE and local law enforcement agencies. For the latest information on state park units affected, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/Incidents. For the latest information on the wildfires, please visit https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/.
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine