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Friday, April 7, 2017
CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE: San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit Soquel Demonstration State Forest Remains Closed
CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE California Department of
Forestry and Fire Protection
San Mateo-Santa Cruz UnitSoquel Demonstration State Forest Remains Closed
Soquel – The California Department of Forestry and Fire
Protection (CAL FIRE), Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) was officially
closed to all public use, including hiking and cycling on January 11, 2017 to
protect the public safety. With the
latest storm, the rainfall for the season measured at SDSF is 88.5 inches, the
highest in recorded history.
SDSF infrastructure has suffered major damage due to multiple
landslides and road failures. This
damage makes effective emergency response impossible. When SDSF is open for
public use, the emergency response for major rescues averages about one per
month with an additional one or two responses for less major rescues. With the
current lack of access, it would be impossible to perform any rescue at SDSF
and therefore must remain closed until access is restored. Entering SDSF during the closure is a misdemeanor under the authority of Title 14,
Section 1439, California Code of Regulations.
Law enforcement officers will continue to patrol the forest and will
issue citations to violators.
SDSF staff is putting in
place the required permits, contracts and funding to begin work as soon as the
there is a dry period which could be as soon as next week. The repairs are expected to take 4 to 5
weeks. The forest will be reopened after
repairs are completed. A notice announcing
the reopening will be sent out as well as posted on the CAL FIRE Soquel Demonstration
State Forest Facebook page, web page and CZU Twitter account.
During the week of Sea
Otter Classic in neighboring Monterey County, SDSF has always seen a large influx
of users coming to visit with people from all over the world who are in the
area. Please help us spread the word at
the Sea Otter, bike shops, social media and word of mouth that SDSF is still
closed and will likely be reopened in late-May or early-June. For information
updates follow us on:
FIRE Soquel Demonstration State Forest Facebook
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