Portion of Angeles National Forest Reopens

160 acres burned in the Station fire will reopen

Picnic areas, hiking trails, and campgrounds in the Angeles National Forest reopened Monday, nearly two years after the devastating station fire.

Volunteer Opportunities | Map: Reopened Areas

The station fire burned for weeks, covered more than 160,000 acres and destroyed more than 200 structures. About half of the destroyed buildings were homes.

There are still areas where the damage is visible, but a lot of the forest has grown back. The public areas will reopen just in time for Memorial Day and the start of the summer season.

A few sections that were reopened included Charlton Flat, Mill Creek Summit and  Paul Little picnic areas; the Indian Canyon, Bear Canyon, Silver Moccasin,  Nature's Canteen and Sunset Ridge trails; and the entire San Gabriel Wilderness  area. The portion of the Pacific Crest Trail that runs through the Angeles  National Forest will also reopen.

Burned areas within Big Tujunga Canyon will remain closed for at  least one more year. That will allow for the recovery of  threatened and endangered species, including the Santa Ana suckerfish, and to  restore trails, remove invasive weeds and plant trees.

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