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Bakersfield woman cited for illegally climbing Morro Rock

Morro Bay firefighters removed a woman who was illegally climbing Morro Rock on Sunday, May 21, 2017.
Morro Bay firefighters removed a woman who was illegally climbing Morro Rock on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

A woman who illegally climbed Morro Rock on Sunday was cited and will be fined, according to the Morro Bay Fire Department.

Authorities responded to a report of someone climbing on the sometime between noon and 12:30 p.m., according to State Parks Superintendent Dan Falat. When responders arrived, they found a woman 150 feet up on the rock and helped her down.

The woman, a tourist from Bakersfield, was issued a citation by State Parks for climbing the rock, Falat said.

Morro Bay Fire Chief Steve Knuckles said the woman, 42, was not throwing rocks, as earlier reports suggested was possible. He said some rocks might have fallen when she was trying to hold on to the side of the rock.

She also had a warrant out for failing to appear in court in Bakersfield, Falat said.

Knuckles said this was a citation warrant, not an arrest warrant.

He added that the amount of the woman’s fine likely would be between $2,000 and $3,000, to pay for agency costs of responding to the incident. The figure would be lower or higher, he said, depending on whether the department has to replace a 250-foot-long rope it uses in such emergency operations.

Clarification: An earlier version of this story had incorrect information regarding whether the woman was “possibly throwing rocks.”

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Morro Bay firefighters removed a woman who was illegally climbing Morro Rock on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Morro Bay Fire Department

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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