All national forests in California are now closed due to the current wildfires across the state. This includes the Los Padres national forest here on the central coast.
The closure continues through Friday, September 17th.
The forest service says the decision was made for public and firefighter safety.
Officials say that by temporarily reducing the number of people in the forests, they hope to minimize the likelihood that visitors could become trapped during an emergency.
They say it will also decrease the potential for new fires to start.