Butano Ridge Fire - August 18, 2020

Updated Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Pescadero Creek Park and Memorial Park remain closed as Park rangers and natural resource management staff work with CALFIRE to repair and plan restoration of the parks impacted by the CZU Lightning Complex fire this August through September. Sam McDonald Park reopened on Wednesday, November 25.

Trucks and heavy equipment continue to work in and move in and out of the area. And, while the fire is extinguished, hot spots remain.  As recent as Nov. 6, smoke columns were spotted on the ridge.

A wildfire of this magnitude has not occurred in San Mateo County parks in the 96-year history of the department. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, close to 2,700 acres have burned in Pescadero Creek Park.

We are grateful for the efforts of Cal Fire, San Mateo County Park staff, San Mateo County Sheriff deputies, Midpen rangers, State Park staff, and the numerous other agencies and volunteer fire fighters who have been a part of the fire-fighting efforts.

At this time, we are not able to predict when Pescadero Creek, Sam McDonald and Memorial parks will reopen as park staff assigned to this area continue to support fire related activities.