Officials are asking visitors to be cautious when visiting Los Padres National Forest as its trails open for the season.
Andrew Madsen, public information officer, said trails with access to motor vehicles close each November and open up once again near the end of May.
Madsen is advising visitors to be careful on the trails because of the unusually large amount of tall grass that has browned following a heavy rainy season. The grass can be a fire hazard, especially in the thicker brush around the interior of the park.
“Humans cause about 95 percent of all wildfires,” said Madsen.
Los Padres National Forest is the second largest national forest in California with an average of 2 million visitors a year.