Significant Incidents Updates
California State Parks works closely with the state’s network of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure our parks and their surrounding communities are safe.
Our State Parks Peace Officers respond to all types of emergencies. Information on significant incidents such as, but not limited to wildfires, earthquakes, floods and Public Safety Power Shutoffs, will be posted on this website.
Before leaving home, be sure to check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. We advise the public to recreate responsibly and visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19 for the latest visitor guidelines during the pandemic.
Updated: October 12, 2021 (4 p.m.)
Southern California Oil Spill Incident
A unified command was established on Sunday, October 3, to respond to an oil spill in Orange County. The unified command consists of the U.S. Coast Guard, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response. Supporting agencies are the cities of Long Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, San Diego County and California State Parks. Amplify Energy Corp, the owner of the damaged pipeline that leaked the oil, is also part of the unified command.
Entities have been actively working to assess, respond and mitigate the impacts of the oil spill. Thanks to all who have responded to this tragic oil spill incident and to the public for their patience. For details on the collaborative effort, please visit www.SoCalSpillResponse.com.
Below are some key resources for the public:
STATUS OF STATE PARK UNITS
- Reopened: Crystal Cove State Park fully reopened to the public today. Bolsa Chica State Beach and Huntington State Beach fully reopened to the public yesterday (view press release). The decision to reopen them comes after coastal ocean and wetlands water quality testing results showed non-detectable amounts of oil associated toxins in our ocean water. With the reopening of the state park units, California State Parks reminds everyone to utilize caution when visiting the beaches. Given the oil spill situation and impacts, an ongoing advisory notice remains in effect for all beaches in Huntington Beach. Beachgoers are advised to avoid areas where an oil smell is present. Further, we expect to see oiled materials and tar balls wash up on the beach, and individuals are advised not to handle or ingest any oil materials. If you do see oil or tar balls on the beach, please contact beach clean-up teams at email@example.com.
San Diego County
- At this time, state park units in this county have not been impacted by the oil spill. State Parks continues to work with Unified Command on assessing any impacts.
- Decontamination of Vessels: Community members impacted by the oil spill who need to file a claim can call 1-866-985-8366. Vessel cleaning is scheduled upon filing a claim and will not be available without an appointment. If a vessel has been impacted by the oil spill, we want to remind people not to clean their oiled vessels with any type of soaps or dispersants or show up to a cleaning station without an appointment. Using these products can make the situation worse as they are not effective on this type of oil.
- Volunteers: The volunteer program for the incident has received an enormous show of support for the environment and the community. Over 10,000 volunteers signed up to assist with the incident response. At this time, the need for volunteers has been fulfilled and CalSpillWatch will be closing its volunteer registration portal. A huge thank you to everyone who signed up and for all your support, you are all greatly appreciated.
- Wildlife: Do not attempt to help or capture any oiled wildlife. Report sightings to 1-877-UCD-OWCN (1-877-UCD-OWCN (877-823-6926) (This # is solely for wildlife response)
- Tar Ball Sightings: If you spot oil, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Oil Spill Response: The latest information on the oil spill response can be found at www.SoCalSpillResponse.com.
Updated: October 14, 2021 (12:00 p.m.)
California State Parks has closed a couple of park units due to the ongoing wildfires burning in California. The public is advised to avoid these public outdoor spaces at this time. The list below is dynamic and is updated with new information as soon as it becomes available.
Parks fully closed: 4 | Parks partially closed: 1
(State Operated - 5| Locally Operated - 0)
Santa Barbara County
- El Capitán State Beach is currently closed until further notice. The park is not on fire.
- Refugio State Beach is currently closed until further notice. The park is not on fire.
- Gaviota State Park is currently closed until further notice. The park is not on fire.
Monument and McFarland Fires
- Weaverville Joss House SHP
- The Temple and Visitors center are closed to the public.
- The exterior grounds are open to the public.
- Grover Hot Springs SP is not on fire but is fully closed until further notice.
Below you will find a list of state park units impacted by previous wildfires that remain fully or partially closed. The public is advised to avoid these public outdoor spaces at this time. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
CZU August Lightning Complex Fire
San Mateo County
- Butano SP (limited day use starting May 28, 2021)
Santa Cruz County
- Big Basin Redwoods SP - (Media Downloads)
- The park remains partially closed. Portions of the Rancho Del Oso coastal unit are now open daily.
- Learn how State Parks and partners are working to have Big Basin Redwoods State Park re-emerge as one of California’s greatest natural cathedrals, as well as a model for California’s resilient and inclusive parks at ReimaginingBigBasin.org.
Glass FirePartially Closed:
- Bothe-Napa Valley SP (Operated by Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District)
- Sugarloaf Ridge SP (Operated by Team Sugarloaf)
- South Yuba River SP (Independence Trail)
LNU Lightning Complex Fire
This site provides general information concerning an incident within California’s state park system. All of our information comes from park districts and/or divisions and must be approved by the Incident Commander in charge of managing the incident prior to release. Updates to these sites cannot be guaranteed on a set time schedule. Please use the information on these pages only as a reference. The sites are not meant to provide up to the minute information. Please refer to the information phone numbers provided on this site, and website links for additional information, and monitor your local radio stations for emergency broadcasts.