Trails Closed in the Thomas Fire Burn Area
The County of Santa Barbara Joins the US Forest Service in designating those County trails within the Thomas Fire Burn area closed to the public. Due to unstable soil conditions and damaged trails due to subsequent rain storms, and with the public's safety as our first concern, these trails shall remain closed into the foreseeable future. We will work closely with our partner agencies to continue to assess the situation for safe public use of the trails. Members of the public are urged to stay off the closed trails, and use trails to the west of the burn area such as the Rattlesnake, Tunnel and Jesusita trail systems.
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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