USFS Press Releases

My failure to archive the original news release of the
opening of the Los Padres National Forest on May 1, 2009, led to
the creation of this new page to keep track of their press
releases. I seem not to have been doing this during 2011, but hope
to do better in 2012.
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Date: December 10, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Andrew Madsen (805) 961-5759
Lynn Olson (831) 385-5434

Los Padres National Forest Service
6755 Hollister Ave. #150
Goleta, CA 93117
http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres

Los Padres to Hold Job Fair at the Monterey Ranger District

GOLETA, CA….Los Padres National Forest officials announced plans to hold a job fair at the Monterey Ranger District Office on Friday, December 14, from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm. The job fair is free of charge and open to all members of the public seeking information about seasonal wildland firefighting jobs with the U.S. Forest Service.
Representatives of Los Padres National Forest fire staff will share information and answer questions for anyone interested in pursuing a career as a wildland firefighter. Suppression equipment such as fire engines and other specialized gear used by wildland firefighters will also be on-hand. Information about vacant temporary and seasonal positions will be available along with instructions on the Internet-based application process.
The U.S. Forest Service is committed to recruiting highly skilled, competent and diverse workforce that reflects the public we serve. The U.S. Forest Service is an equal opportunity employer. For additional information on the Monterey Ranger District job fair, please contact Brian Hughes at the Tusi Fire Station (831) 385-1237 or visit the Los Padres National Forest website at http://www.usda.gov/lpnf.
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Date: December 5, 2012

Los Padres National Forest
6755 Hollister Ave. #150
Goleta, CA 93117
http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Andrew Madsen (805) 961-5759

Fire Restrictions Lowered on Los Padres National Forest

GOLETA, CA…Recent rainfall across Los Padres National Forest has led to rising fuel moisture levels, prompting officials to reduce fire restrictions on the forest effective immediately.

Under the reduced fire restrictions, campfires and charcoal barbeques will be allowed in all areas of Los Padres National Forest. A California Campfire Permit, available free of charge on the Forest Internet site, is required to build a campfire outside of a designated Campfire Use Site. A list of Campfire Use Sites and information about how to acquire a campfire permit is available at all Los Padres National Forest offices.

Visitors who construct wood or charcoal fires outside of designated Campfire Use Sites also must clear all flammable material for a minimum of five feet in all directions; have a shovel available for preparing and extinguishing the fire; have a responsible person in attendance at all times; and extinguish the fire with water, using the “drown, stir and feel” method.

Prohibitions on smoking and target shooting in Los Padres National Forest are also being lifted.

“As we move into the rainy season and reduce fire restrictions, it’s important to remember that fire can happen at any time of the year,” said Los Padres National Forest Supervisor Peggy Hernandez. “I strongly encourage all visitors to exercise caution while they are enjoying the forest.”

The following fire restrictions will remain in effect:
· Spark arresters are required on all off-highway vehicles, chainsaws, and other internal combustion engines and equipment;
· A permit is required for all welding, grinding, cutting, or use of explosives;
· Tracer ammunition is prohibited at all times;
· Fireworks are prohibited in Los Padres National Forest at all times and in all places.

Visitors are encouraged to call the local Ranger Station for more information on conditions and restrictions.

Santa Barbara Ranger District – (805) 967-3481 Ojai Ranger District – (805) 646-4348
Mt. Pinos Ranger District – (661) 245-3731 Santa Lucia Ranger District – (805) 925-9538
Monterey Ranger District – (831) 385-5434
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Date: November 29, 2012 Los Padres National Forest
6755 Hollister Ave. #150
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Goleta, CA 93117
CONTACT: Andrew Madsen (805) 961-5759 http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf
Helen Tarbet 805-925-9538 ext. 246

Los Padres Announces Road Closures on Santa Lucia District

GOLETA, CA… Los Padres National Forest officials today announced temporary road closures on the Santa Lucia Ranger District due to inclement weather and the potential for additional heavy rainfall, swollen and fast-moving creeks and streams, and significant debris on roads.

Until the current storm systems pass through and crews are able to safety assess the extent of the damage, the following roads and trails will be closed, at least until December 7:

La Brea Canyon Road
Miranda Pines Road (11N03)
Bates Canyon Road
Sierra Madre Road
Miranda Pines Campground
Brookshire Campground Road
Colson Canyon RoadZaca Ridge Road
Figueroa Mountain Lookout Road
Catway OHV Trail
Rockfront Ranch OHV Area
Pozo/La Panza OHV Area
East Pinery Road
Branch Creek Road
Hi Mountain Road
Huasna Road
American Canyon Road
West Cuesta Road
Friis Road
McGinnis Creek/Navajo Road
Red Hill Road
Queen Bee Road
Pozo Road

“We try to provide both road access to the public and protect the resources,” said Santa Lucia District Ranger Kathleen Phelps. “Driving on muddy roads causes ruts that lead to erosion. We close roads before predicted rains to protect them from rutting, and re-open roads once they dry and are safe to travel. I would strongly encourage the public to refrain from driving on the dirt roads when they are wet.”

Members of the public are reminded that they should always call ahead to the district office for the latest conditions and consult the National Weather Service for current weather forecasts.

For more information, call the Santa Lucia District Office at (805) 925-9538.
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Date: March 16, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Andrew Madsen
(805) 961-5759 Joe Pasinato (805) 961-5745 Los Padres National
Forest 6755 Hollister Ave. #150 Goleta, CA 93117
http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres Los Padres Issues Safety Reminders As
Winter Storm Approaches GOLETA, CA….With a winter storm
approaching, Los Padres National Forest officials are reminding the
public to plan accordingly if they intend to visit any of the
popular “snow play” recreation areas on the Forest this coming
weekend. The storm could bring snow-covered and slippery roads,
rock slides, trail washouts, possible flash floods and other
hazards. The Forest strongly encourages visitors to take the
appropriate steps to ensure personal safety in the event you or
your party become lost or stranded, including: Contact the Forest
Service office nearest your destination for current conditions.
Many forest roads are closed during significant weather events;
some are closed for the winter. Check local weather reports. Take a
map of the area with you and know how to read it. Make sure your
vehicle has a full tank of fuel. Check your tires and windshield
wiper blades. If you’re visiting high elevation areas where snow is
possible, make sure you have chains. Bring an extra set of dry
clothes, a warm jacket and hat, gloves, and appropriate footwear.
Pack extra food and water. Bring a flashlight with fresh batteries,
a first aid kit, and a shovel. These items could prove critical in
the event of a change in weather, a vehicle breakdown, or other
unexpected situation. Leave your itinerary and expected time of
return with a family member or friend. If you become lost or
injured, stay calm and get out of the wind if possible. Stay put!
Do not wander. Searchers have a better chance of finding you faster
if you remain near your planned route. Cell phones are helpful, but
do not work in many areas of the forest. Visitors are reminded that
an Adventure Pass is required for all areas of the Forest, except
the Monterey Ranger District. With potentially significant snowfall
forecast for lower elevations, “snow play” recreation areas such as
Figueroa Mountain and Mt. Pinos could experience high visitor
traffic. The public is encouraged to drive slowly and carefully,
always stay on the road, and be aware of oncoming traffic when
visibility is low. Vehicles should only be parked in areas where
they do not block the road. Contact the Forest office nearest to
your destination prior to departure for current conditions:
Monterey Ranger District (King City) – (831) 385-5434 Santa Lucia
Ranger District (Santa Maria) – (805) 925-9538 Santa Barbara Ranger
District (Los Prietos/Santa Barbara) – (805) 967-3481 Ojai Ranger
District (Ojai) – (805) 646-4348 Mt. Pinos Ranger District (Frazier
Park) – (661) 245-3731
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Date: September 7, 2010 Los Padres National Forest 6755 Hollister
Ave. #150 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Goleta, CA 93117 CONTACT: Lynn
Olson (831) 385-5434 http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres Joe Pasinato (805)
961-5745 Annual Coastal Cleanup Day Set for September 25 KING CITY,
CA…The Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest
is partnering with Save Our Shores to coordinate a group cleanup on
the Arroyo Seco River on Saturday, September 25, 2010, from 9 AM to
noon. The event is open to volunteers of all ages, and those who
are interested in participating should meet at the Day Use Parking
Lot of the Arroyo Seco Recreation Area at 8:30 am. Volunteers are
encouraged to wear long pants and sleeves, sturdy boots, and work
gloves. Drinking water and trash bags will be provided on site.
“This is a fabulous opportunity for members of the community to
join with the Los Padres and Save Our Shoes to help make an impact
on cleaning up our precious natural areas,” said Monterey District
Ranger Sherry Tune. “It’s a great way to meet neighbors and spend
time outdoors working to improve an amazing forest recreation
area.” For more information, please contact the Monterey Ranger
District at (831) 385-5434, or on-line at:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres/

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Date: August 31, 2010 Los Padres National Forest 6755 Hollister
Ave. #150 Goleta, CA 93117 http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres FOR IMMEDIATE
RELEASE CONTACT: Andrew Madsen (805) 961-5759 or Joe Pasinato (805)
961-5745 Los Padres Announces New Ojai District Ranger GOLETA, CA -
Los Padres National Forest officials today announced the selection
of Sue Exline as Ojai District Ranger. Exline currently serves as
the Public Affairs Officer on the Sierra National Forest in Clovis,
California. Exline replaces John Bridgwater, who retired July 30
after 42 years of federal service. Exline will assume her new
position September 13. “I am extremely pleased that Sue is joining
our Forest Leadership Team,” said Los Padres Forest Supervisor
Peggy Hernandez. “Sue has a proven track record for tackling tough
issues, and a passion for engaging with the public. She will be a
valuable asset to the Ojai District and the communities we serve.”
Exline began her Forest Service career in 1979 as a district
recreation planner on the Sequoia National Forest in Kernville,
California. She served as a District Public Affairs Officer on the
Sequoia National Forest’s Cannell Meadown Ranger District, and
since 1986 has been the Public Affairs Officer on the Sierra
National Forest. Exline, 53, was born in Lynwood, California, and
raised in Southern California. She graduated from California
Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in 1979 with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation. Prior to graduation, she
spent her summers working as a Recreation Technician for the Army
Corps of Engineers and the Sequoia National Forest. “I’m truly
honored to be selected for this challenging position, and I look
forward to the opportunity to work with the many interested
agencies, groups, and organizations who take great interest and
pride in the Los Padres National Forest,” Exline said. Exline is
married to John Exline, a district ranger on the Sequoia National
Forest. They have two children: Brian, 16, and Erin, 21.
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Date: August 11, 2010 Los Padres National Forest 6755 Hollister
Ave. #150 Goleta, CA 93117 http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres FOR IMMEDIATE
RELEASE CONTACT: Andrew Madsen (805) 961-5759 Joe Pasinato (805)
961-5745 Los Padres Announces “Fee Free” Days GOLETA, CA….Los
Padres National Forest officials today announced that August 14-15
are “Fee Free” days for all visitors to the Forest. A National
Forest Adventure Pass will not be required for visitors recreating
in all areas of the Los Padres except for the Santa Barbara Ranger
District’s Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area, where an Adventure
Pass will still be required. “The Los Padres is working to ensure
as many visitors as possible have the opportunity to experience the
premiere recreational activities available to them on the Forest,”
said Los Padres National Forest Supervisor Peggy Hernandez. “By
waiving fees for this weekend, everyone will have the chance to get
outdoors to enjoy the natural treasures of our public lands.” “Fee
Free” days are observed each year on National Ttrails Day (June
5-6), Back to School season (August 14-15), National Public Lands
Day (September 25), and Veterans’ Day (November 11). Visitors who
inadvertently commit a Daily Adventure Pass this weekend can have
it replaced free-of-charge. Visitors are reminded that even though
the Adventure Pass fee will be waived this weekend, other fees such
as campground, reservation and group site fees may still be
applicable. The “Fee Free” days are observed throughout Southern
California on Los Padres, San Bernardino, Angeles, and Cleveland
National Forests. Visitors are encouraged to “Know Before You Go,”
and to contact your local Ranger Station for more information on
current cond Santa Lucia Ranger District (Santa Maria) – (805)
925-9538 Santa Barbara Ranger District (Santa Barbara) – (805)
967-3481 Ojai Ranger District (Ojai) – (805) 646-4348 Mt. Pinos
Ranger District (Frazier Park) – (661) 245-3731 Monterey Ranger
District (King City) – (831) 385-5434
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July 20, 2020 Los Padres National Forest 6755 Hollister Ave. #150
Goleta, CA 93117 http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres CONTACT: Lynn Olson
(831) 385-5434 Joe Pasinato (805) 961-5745 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Forest Service To Conduct Prescribed Burn Along Highway 1 KING
CITY, CA….Los Padres National Forest officials today announced
plans to conduct a prescribed burn on the Brazil Ranch in the
Monterey Ranger District 13.5 miles south of Carmel. The 80 acre
burn will occur during daylight hours on Thursday, July 22. The
burn will be postponed if weather conditions are not favorable to
firefighter and public safety. The purpose of the prescribed burn
is to suppress undesirable weed vegetation and stimulate native
plant growth. The goal is to preserve the scenic value and maintain
the native plant diversity on the Brazil Ranch coastal terrace.
Highway 1 may be affected during the prescribed burn, and smoke
will be visible for several miles. For more information contact the
Monterey Ranger District at (831) 385-5434, or on-line at:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres/

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Release U.S. Forest Service Los Padres National Forest Date: July
13, 2020 Los Padres National Forest 6755 Hollister Ave. #150
Goleta, CA 93117 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Lynn Olson (831)
385-5434 http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres Joe Pasinato (805) 961-5745
Road Brushing Project on the Los Padres Forest KING CITY, CA….Los
Padres National Forest officials today announced plans to conduct a
road brushing project on National Forest System Roads within the
Monterey Ranger District. Work will begin the third week of July
and continue throughout the summer. Landowners and Forest visitors
should expect to encounter occasional brief closures or delays. The
following areas within the Monterey Ranger District will be
improved: • Bottcher’s Gap Scout Camp and Bottcher’s Gap Campground
• Sycamore Cyn. Rd. and Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area • Portions of
North Coast Ridge Rd. • Cold Springs Rd. • Tassajara Rd. and spur
to Mira Observatory • Piney Creek • Arroyo Seco Road, Arroyo Seco
Station, Arroyo Seco Campgrounds and Arroyo Seco Day Use Area •
Escondido Camp Ground • Arroyo Seco / Indians Rd. • Central Coast
Ridge Rd. • South Coast Ridge Rd. • Chalk Peak Camp Ground Road •
Plaskett Ridge • Miguel Spur Rd. • Three Peaks Camp Ground Rd. •
Alms Ridge Camp Ground • Los Burros Rd., Prisoner Flat, Alder Creek
Camp Ground and San Martin Top • Baldwin Rd. This project is being
funded through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act
(ARRA) of 2009. Work will include safety brushing and clearing to
reduce fuels, increase access, and improve driving site distance
along Forest roads. Monterey District Ranger Sherry Tune said this
project will provide a safer road system for fire suppression
activities as well as a safer travel experience for the public.
“Thanks to ARRA funding, this important work will improve Monterey
District roads for both travelers, visitors, and our firefighting
crews in the event of an emergency,” Tune said. “Once this road
work has been completed, these roads will be free of encroaching
vegetation and allow for greater enjoyment of our public lands.”
Forest visitors are encouraged to contact the Monterey Ranger
District at (831) 385-5434 or on-line at:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres/ for more detailed information
and for the latest conditions. Maps of the project areas are
available electronically by request, at the District Office in King
City and the Visitor’s Center in Big Sur.
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June 3, 2010 Los Padres National Forest FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6755
Hollister Ave. #150 Goleta, CA 93117 CONTACT: Andrew Madsen (805)
961-5759 Jeff Bensen (805) 961-5744 http://www.r5.fs.fed.us/lospadres Los
Padres National Forest to Offer “Fee Free” Days GOLETA, CA…. Los
Padres National Forest announced that June 5-6 will be “Fee Free”
days for all visitors to the Forest. A National Forest Adventure
Pass will not be required for visitors recreating in all areas of
the Los Padres except for the Santa Barbara Ranger District’s Lower
Santa Ynez Recreation Area, where an Adventure Pass will still be
required. “The Los Padres is working to ensure as many visitors as
possible have the opportunity to experience the premiere
recreational activities available to them on the Forest,” said Los
Padres National Forest Supervisor Peggy Hernandez. “By waiving fees
for this weekend, everyone will have the chance to get outdoors to
enjoy the natural treasures of our public lands.” “Fee Free” days
are observed each year on National Ttrails Day (June 5-6), Back to
School season (August 14-15), National Public Lands Day (September
25), and Veterans’ Day (November 11). Visitors who inadvertently
commit a Daily Adventure Pass June 5-6 can have it replaced
free-of-charge. Visitors are reminded that even though the
Adventure Pass fee will be waived this weekend, other fees such as
campground, reservation and group site fees may still be
applicable. Visitors are encouraged to “Know Before You Go,” and to
contact your local Ranger Station for more information on current
conditions. Santa Lucia Ranger District (Santa Maria) – (805)
925-9538 Santa Barbara Ranger District (Santa Barbara) – (805)
967-3481 Ojai Ranger District (Ojai) – (805) 646-4348 Mt. Pinos
Ranger District (Frazier Park) – (661) 245-3731 Monterey Ranger
District (King City) – (831) 385-5434
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Ventana Wilderness Re-Opens Date: October 2, 2009 Los Padres
National Forest 6755 Hollister Ave. #150 Goleta, CA 93117 FOR
IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Lynn Olson (831) 385-5434 Joe Pasinato
(805) 961-5745 Ventana Wilderness re-opened KING CITY, CA…
Effective immediately, areas of the Ventana Wilderness which have
been closed to the public since the Indians and Basin Complex fires
have now been re-opened. Escondido Campground however will remain
closed until further notice. When traveling through areas of the
wilderness that were burned, the following hazards may be expected.
* Ash and needles on the trail which can make the trail slippery *
Burned out stump holes. This condition can make the ground weak and
unstable and is a danger that is often unseen. * Unstable dead
trees and branches, which are especially dangerous during windy
conditions. * Rolling debris from loose rocks and logs. * Flash
flooding and mud flows. Conditions can change very quickly with
winter rains. Conditions in areas of the forest that have been
burned, are constantly changing; PLEASE BE SAFE! For more
information regarding the fires and emergency closure, contact the
Monterey Ranger District at: 831-385-5434, or on-line at:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres/

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FIRE UPDATE Monterey Ranger District, Los Padres National Forest
Monday, August 3, 10:00 AM Information Center: 831-385-5434, ext.
277 Public Inquires, ext. 283 Media (8am-8pm) Fire Statistics Acres
burned: 350 ac. Miles of fireline to build: 6 mi. Date started:
8-1-2009 Percent contained: 0% Expected containment: No estimate
Firefighter injuries to date: 2 Minor, Firefighters returned to
duty Structures threatened: 0 Structures destroyed: 0 Suppression
cost to date: $1,000,000 Firefighting Resources Crews: 13 Engines:
19 Helicopters: 2 Air tankers: 9 Dozers: 4 Total personnel
assigned: 429 Changes in statistics from previous update reflect
current mapping and resource tracking. Current Status: Good
progress occurred last night on the Ponderosa Fire by firefighters.
The fire remained active late into the night. By early morning, the
marine layer had deepened allowing for good relative humidity
recovery. Today’s goal is to take advantage of opportunities to
take direct suppression action, however, the terrain is steep with
dense fuels and firefighter safety is the number one priority. Air
tankers and helicopters will be available today to support the
crews on the ground.. This area was partially burned in the 2008
Chalk Fire but there are still many areas that were left unburned
with numerous snags. Cause of the fires is yet to be determined.
Because of the potential for growth of the fire and firefighter
safety, California Interagency Incident Management Team with
Incident Commander James Smith, will be assumed management of the
fire today at 0600. Evacuations: Campers in the Ponderosa and
Nacimiento Campgrounds were evacuated last night. Highway, Road and
Area Closures: Highway-1 is open. Nacimiento-Ferguson Road, as well
as Los Burros/Willow Creek Road at Highway 1 are closed to the
public, open to residents only. Media: Media must be escorted
through Ft. Hunter Liggett. Request for media access can be made by
contacting the Information Center at 831-385-5434 x 283. . Weather:
Upper level low off the central California coast will keep the
temperatures cooler than normal for tomorrow. Relative humidity
will be in the 17-22%. Winds will continue to be light tomorrow.
The fire is near the edge of the marine layer which will be around
2000 ft. Agencies & Cooperators: Ft. Hunter Liggett,
CalFire, CHP, CalTrans.
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Ponderosa Fire News Release, 8/2/09: News Release USDA Forest
Service Los Padres National Forest Monterey Ranger District Date:
August 2, 2009 Los Padres National Forest 6755 Hollister Ave. #150
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Goleta, CA 93117 CONTACT: King City District
Office (831) 385-5434 ww.r5.fs.fed.us/lospadres Ponderosa Fire
Yesterday, Saturday, August 1, 2009 at about 7:00 PM a fire was
reported near Ponderosa Campground south of the Nacimeinto-Ferguson
Road, approximately 35 miles west of King City in the Los Padres
National Forest. The fire is approximately 200+ acres burning in
steep terrain. There are currently 150 firefighters assigned to the
fire with additional crews and engines enroute. Air Tankers and
helicopters are providing air support to the crews on the ground.
There is no containment. The fire is moving in an east, northeast
direction and is expected to grow in size during the day. Potential
shifting winds may affect fire behavior. Where possible, crews are
attacking the fire directly, however, the terrain is very steep,
fuels are dense and firefighter safety is the number one priority.
A Forest Service Type II Team has been ordered because of the
potential for the fire’s growth due to the anticipated wind and
weather changes. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
District Ranger, Sherry Tune, stated, ” I appreciate the support of
our cooperators including Fort Hunter Liggett, Monterey County
Sheriff’s Department, CHP, CalTrans, CALFire, and local government
fire resources.” CLOSURES: Los Burros/Willow Creek Road is closed
at Highway 1 to the public, open to residents only.
Nacimiento-Ferguson Road is closed at Highway 1 and the Ft. Hunter
Liggett-National Forest boundary. Ponderosa and Nacimiento
Campgrounds are closed.


2 Responses to “USFS Press Releases”

  1. what news about pfeiffer big sur state park? when will it be open, how will reservations be handled?

  2. Kelly,
    This fire is many miles from Pfeiffer Big Sur State park and it is not affected in the least.
    All parks and campgrounds on the highway are still open.

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