After a second death at Miracle Hot Springs in the space of 16 months, the U.S. Forest Service has closed access to Miracle Hot Springs on the Kern River.

The second death at Miracle Hot Springs in 16 months has prompted the U.S. Forest Service's Kern River Ranger District to close access to the springs indefinitely, the federal agency said in a news release Monday afternoon.

Citing public health and safety concerns, the Forest Service said聽someone was found dead Feb. 17 in one of the hot springs' rock-and-mortar tubs. Sixteen months before that, on Oct. 17, 2022, another dead body was found in the same area.

Steven Mayer can be reached at 661-395-7353.

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