The Santa Lucia wilderness area in Los Padres National Forest has been closed, due to the Cuesta Fire, according to a Cal Fire press release.
The closure was put in place as a safety measure during firefighting efforts. The closure will remain in effect until Oct. 1.
Access to all areas of the Santa Lucia wilderness is prohibited, including the Upper Lopez, Hi Mountain and Sulphur Pot campgrounds, and the Little Falls, Big Falls, Rinconada, Trout Creek and Upper Lopez Trails. Hi Mountain Lookout and the Garcia Ridge OHV trail are included as well.
A violation of the prohibition is punishable by a fine, imprisonment, or both.