41K Acres of Station-Fire Damaged Angeles National Forest Reopened
The bulk of the reopened area is in the Big Tujunga Canyon area.
|May 25, 2012 - A large patch of the Angeles National Forest closed since the August 2009 Station Fire has now reopened, but not in the Arroyo Seco or San Gabriel Mountain foothills. -|
|The Forest Service announced Friday it is officially reopening 41,000 acres of land in the Angeles National Forest closed after the Station Fire.|
The map above demonstrates which areas have been reopened - the blue area on the top map shows areas that were closed prior to Friday's announcement. That can be compared to the lower map, which shows the current state of closures as of Friday's announcement, outlined in blue.
Much of the change comes in areas off of Big Tujunga Canyon Road. Some campgrounds, including the Monte Cristo and Hidden Springs campgrounds were also reopened, even though the forest areas around them are still off limits.
Areas closer to Altadena above Millard Canyon and the popular Brown Mountain area, which is used by mountain bikers, will remain closed for now.
The areas have been closed since the 2009 Station Fire, which burned around 250 square miles in the forest area, making it the largest fire in L.A. County history.
The Forest Service did the first large-scale reopening of burned areas last May, right before Memorial Day.