**Santa Barbara Ranger District - Lower Santa Ynez Road and Trail Closure Alert**
May 2, 2017 - Due to high water levels in the Santa Ynez River Paradise Road and sediment on the road (Forest road 5N18) is closed just to the east of the First Crossing Day Use Area and the road to Sage Hill Campground (Forest road 5N43) is closed. Since the gate is closed east of the First Crossing Day Use Area there is no vehicular access to the Upper Oso Campground and the Buckhorn and Camuesa Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) routes.
In addition, the Santa Cruz trail from Upper Oso to Little Pine is impassable due to slides onto the trail due to the Rey wildlfire.
Members of the public are encouraged to exercise caution when entering areas impacted by wildfire as large portions of the burned areas are subject to rock slides, falling trees and branches, increased stream flows, debris flows, and flash floods. Sediment and debris accumulations at in streams may be unstable. Use extreme caution when crossing streams and avoid the burn area during rain or wind events. As always stay tuned to local weather and be alert.
Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area Closure
The closure starts at the Romero Camuesa Road 5N15.1 (Divide Peak Gate) and the Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area (Big Caliente Hot Springs, Little Caliente Hot Springs, Lower Caliente Rock Camp, Mid Santa Ynez Campground, P-Bar Campground, and Mono Campground.) This closure will be in effect until further notice.
The public can still access these areas via foot, bicycle and horseback. Both Big Caliente and Little Caliente Hot Springs pools are filled with sedimentation and are currently non-operable.
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