Carpinteria City Beach is temporarily closed while tractors work to remove woody debris deposited in recent storms. The operation is expected to continue through Thursday, March 9. Typically, woody debris that arrives on the beach during winter storms is naturally swept back out to sea in the extreme tides of December, January and February. At this later point in the season, however, it is unlikely that the large logs and branches will be removed naturally. Motivated by public safety, the removal will protect swimmers from potentially dangerous floating debris and reduce risks associated with structure building and illegal bonfires. The operation will also facilitate the removal of the winter protection berm in coming weeks.