Monterey County

State parks closed due to Soberanes Fire may partially re-open

State officials work to reopen parks in wake of fires

BIG SUR, Calif. - As the Soberanes Fire enters its second month, there are signs that some state parks are slowly returning to normal operations.

According to State Park officials, the beach at Garrapata State Park, Pfeiffer Beach, and the Big Sur Station are now open. The coastal side of Julia Pfeiffer State Park will open Thursday and even the Point Sur Lighthouse will be back in business for tours.

This is because the fire is slowly burning into the Los Padres National Forest and away from the coast

"The slow progress toward Logwood Ridge has allowed the guys to improve some of our indirect fire lines," said Joe English with Cal Fire. "These are the fire lines that are not directly along the fire's edge."

According to Cal Fire, these fire lines are from the Basin Fire that burned over 160,000 acres back in 2008. Crews are going in and reinforcing the control lines.

"So we've already removed the existing fuel bed in those areas, making it a little bit easier for fire fighters to get in and make a big difference," said English.

State Park officials said there's no date yet on when all the parks will re-open, it's all based on the way the fire is burning.

Pfeiffer State Park and Andrew Molera State Park remain closed as they are being used as command centers for Cal Fire crews.

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