Trails Closed in the Thomas Fire Burn Area
The County of Santa Barbara joins the US Forest Service in designating those County trails that lead directly to Forest Trails within the Thomas Fire Burn area as closed to the public. Due to unstable soil conditions and damaged trails as a result of subsequent rain storms; the public's safety is our first concern and these trails will remain closed into the foreseeable future. We will work closely with our partner agencies and trail groups to continue to assess the situation for safe public use of the trails, and will begin to open sections of these trails as we are able. Members of the public are urged to stay off the posted closed trails and heed the closure signs. The closed trails include the Romero, San Ysidro, Hot Springs, McMennemy and Cold Springs trail systems and all trails within the National Forest. The Public is encouraged to use trails to the west of the burn area such as the Rattlesnake, Tunnel and Jesusita trail systems and the hiking only Saturday, Sunday and Monday use of the Baron Trail on the Gaviota Coast as well as the County portion of the Franklin Trail in Carpinteria.
County recreation trails serve the public in a variety of ways that includes neighborhood trails which provide safe routes to school and commercial centers; beach access way trails; trails that make connections from the urban areas in to the national forest and other public lands; as well as self contained trails within our parks and open spaces providing access for pleasure, nature enjoyment and exercise. Through its Comprehensive Plan and Community Plans, the County has planned for and anticipated the creation of recreational trail networks and systems to serve our communities. County Parks Division reviews development projects to secure trail easements where necessary to make the connections for future trail use. Working with other agencies, the Parks Division seeks to realize the trail needs of our local and long distance trail user community in our county. The Santa Barbara County Parks Division also actively seeks sources of funding to realize new trails and to maintain, with the help of volunteer organizations, these vital networks of pathways in Santa Barbara County.
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