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Some Calif. State Parks Closed Due To Wildfires

A structure sits below the smoke filling the hills behind it from the Tubbs fire on Wednesday (Oct. 11) in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Wildfires in Sonoma County, Calif., scorched a popular mountain biking park — Trione-Annadel State Park — and three other state parks and a county park in the area remained closed Wednesday (Oct. 11), according to the California Department of Parks and Recreation and Sonoma County Parks and Recreation.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, all trails, roads and access points at Trione-Annadel, Jack London, Sugarloaf Ridge and Robert Louis Stevenson were shut down by rangers Monday. At Spring Lake County Park, which adjoins Annadel, all campers were evacuated Monday and rangers have blocked public access.

In addition, in Contra Costa County, Mount Diablo State Park remains under temporary closure as a precaution with the National Weather Service’s red flag warning for severe fire danger persisting into the week.

State Parks Director Lisa Mangat said through a spokeswoman that the agency is monitoring and assessing the situation throughout the region, often hour by hour.

In addition to the shutdown of Mount Diablo State Park, the East Bay Regional Park District posted a warning Tuesday for extreme fire danger for 23 parks and very high fire danger for an additional 40 parks. The district said it could also choose to shut down access at some parks, as it has in the past, until the fire alerts pass.

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