In an effort to provide for public and firefighter safety, Los Padres National Forest officials have extended the emergency forest closure on national forest lands for the Soberanes Fire area. The closur is effective immediately and will not expire until the Soberanes Fre is fficially declared out.
The Soberanes fire Closure Area starts in the northwest corner of the district near Mt. Carmel and continues east, following the National Forest boundary to its easternmost point near Reliz Canyon. It follows the forsest boundary south to Nacimiento-Ferguson Rd. and from there west to Highway 1m continuing north and west along the forest boundary to Big Sur. From Big Sur the boundary extends north to near Mr. Carmel.
All recreational activities, including hinting, are prohibited within the closure area. Forest Service law enforcement officers will strictly enforce the closure order, which carries a penalty of $5,000 and/or six months in jail.