Butano Ridge Fire - August 18, 2020

Updated Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Pescadero CreekMemorial, and Sam McDonald remain closed due to the CZU Lightning Complex fire in the area that began August 16.

As of September 22, the fire was classified at 100 percent contained. Containment means that the fire is contained within control boundaries. The possibility of the fire jumping boundary lines remains.

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.

Park staff and Cal Fire are beginning to document and assess the impacts to Pescadero Creek Park and develop plans to repair and restore the area. This effort will take many months to complete.

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.