The wildfires currently sweeping through northern and southern California have caused damage across more than 255,000 acres of forest and urban areas and lead to more than 30 deaths. With this devastation, state parks, campgrounds and recreation areas in the affected areas have been forced to close due to fire damage or fire danger. Campers looking for updates on the fires should refer to the current California state park closure list.
The Camp Fire in northern California’s Butte County and the Hill and Woolsey Fires outside of Los Angeles have intensified due to the strong Santa Ana winds and dry conditions of the fall season, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reports. As a result, theCalifornia Department of Parks and Recreation announced closures of multiple areas and parks popular with campers across the state.
This list of California state park closures outlines the areas that are currently closed or partially closed to visitors while the fires are being contained. Campers with current reservations can change their reservation dates online, and closure updates can be monitored from the California Department of Parks and Recreation newsroom. This post will be updated as more announcements are made.
Current California State Park Closure List:
- Point Mugu State Park in Malibu
- Malibu Creek State Park in Malibu
- Zuma Beach in Los Angeles County
- Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu
- Paramount Ranch Sets in Agoura Hills
- Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park in Chico
- Lake Oroville State Recreation Area in Oroville (partial closures)
While these locations are directly affected by the fires, many parks and campgrounds in the vicinity of these fires could have dangerous air quality due to smoke, or be in danger of soon catching fire. Be sure to check the Red Flag Warning map from CAL FIRE to see if you’re staying in an area with a high risk of wildfires.
Communities around these blazes will be in long-term recovery following fire containment. For those looking to aid these communities, you can find out how to contribute to the recovery efforts here.