CalFire is asking cyclists to stay away from the fire areas in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the area of the Soquel Forest.
Basically, fire mop up operations are still under way. Over 30 people lost their homes and there are still hot spots in the area. Cyclists are being asked to avoid these roads for the next week and weekend.
Apparently, there was a flood of people going into the fire area on roads last weekend. It resulted in lots of problems for the folks trying to put out the last hot spots and do clean-up work. They had traffic jams, problems with bikers zipping by heavy equipment and other safety issues. Would you please help us by letting folks know it would be best if they held off visiting the area for another week? By the way, Highland Way was closed at the slide last Sunday.
From somebody who lives in the area:
As a resident of the area, I totally agree with the above letter. I understand people's curiosity to see the fire area, but it is best to wait awhile. The roads are still full of fire crews, water tankers and tree crews. Eureka Canyon is a narrow road and is hazardous to drive or ride anyways, but with all the heavy equipment up here it is even more dangerous. Please spread the word to your mountain and road bike buddies.