If you thought you’d be taking a pleasant road trip down the California coast this summer, then it may be time to adjust your plans.
The parks will be closed “until further notice,” along with their famously breathtaking campgrounds and trails, according to the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Our hearts are breaking at the thought of this pristine beachside paradise in danger:
Firefighters have contained about 10 percent of the wildfire so far, according to Cal Fire reports, which means there’s quite a bit of work left to do.
While the situation is indeed dire, all hope is not lost for travelers who don’t want to cancel their plans. Many resorts and attractions in the Monterey area, like the Monterey Bay Aquarium and businesses along Highway 1, have remained open, The San Francisco Chronicle reports. Be forewarned, though, that highways are likely lodged with traffic from fire crews and won’t provide the scenic views they would under normal conditions.
Big Sur’s campgrounds could reopen soon if firefighters are able to hold back the fire, the Associated Press reports. As a responsible traveler, you can do your part for now by brushing up on campground fire safety.
And maybe, sadly, take your road trip elsewhere. Safe travels!