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Dana Point Harbor Closed Due to Oil Spill

The County of Orange in coordination with Unified Command announces the closure of Dana Point Harbor effective 9:00 p.m. October 4 due to the oil spill. In addition, OC Parks is announcing the water closure of Baby Beach located within Dana Point Harbor. 

Boats will not be allowed to enter or exit Dana Point Harbor at this time until further notice. Impacted boaters are requested to go to Huntington Beach Harbour or Long Beach Harbor. At this time there is no date or time as to re-opening Dana Point Harbor. 

County-operated beaches in the City of Dana Point are closed - Salt Creek Beach and Strands Beach. Capistrano Beach and Poche Beach remain closed due to construction. 

Newport Beach Harbor was closed at 11 :00 a.m. on October 4 due to the oil spill. That closure included the closure of Bayside Beach that is located in Newport Beach Harbor. 

All beaches in the City of Laguna Beach are closed. This includes beaches operated by the County -- Aliso Beach, Laguna Royale, Tablerock Beach, Thousand Steps Beach and West Street Beach. 

The US Coast Guard is the lead agency coordinating the response to the oil spill incident. A unified command has been established and consists of Amplify Energy, the US Coast Guard and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. More information about the unified command response may be found at www.SoCalspillresponse.com.

Members of the public are asked to avoid assisting with cleanup in the oiled areas. Trained spill response contractors are working to clean up the oil. Public volunteers are not requested at this time, but information can be found at https://calspillwatch.wildlife.ca.gov/Volunteer. If anyone encounters oiled wildlife, please avoid contact and call the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at 1-877-823-6926.