Stanford University announced today that the Dish area will remain closed to visitors through at least July 15 in the aftermath of a pair of campus grass fires in the last two weeks.
University officials had closed the Dish area, which is popular with hikers, through Sunday after a June 25 blaze burned more than 125 acres.
Officials are still investigating the exact cause of that fire. Palo Alto Fire Marshal Dan Firth determined that it was "likely caused by human activity."
The university also needs additional time to expand the firebreaks in the area and take other measures to prevent another grass fire from igniting.
On Thursday, a 20-acre grass fire shut down Junipero Serra Boulevard and caused officials to shut off power to more than 2,000 homes. Officials have not yet identified a cause.