Portions of the Lake Fire Closure Lifted and Re-Open to Visitors
Incident: Lake Fire Wildfire
San Bernardino, Calif., July 16, 2015 – US Forest Service officials re-opened portions of the area closed during the Lake Fire today. The areas closed on June 17, as a result of the 31,359 acre Lake Fire.
The areas reopened include all campgrounds in the Barton Flats and Heartbar areas, including Jenks Lake picnic area. Included in the re-opening were hiking trails outside of the burned area.
“Forsee Creek, San Bernardino Peak, Momyer, and Vivian Creek trailheads offer a great opportunity to create through hikes that include the popular San Bernardino and San Gorgonio peaks,” said Deputy Forest Supervisor John D. Exline. “Visitors can call our Mill Creek Visitor Center and our staff will help plan any enjoyable trip to the forest.”
The Pacific Crest Trail will remain closed from National Forest boundary south of Mission Springs to Onyx Summit, south of Big Bear, along with the portion of the Santa Ana River Trail south of State Highway 38.
For more information:
Mill Creek Visitor Center (909) 382-2882 or http://www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf
Information on the Lake Fire is available at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4302/
Lake Fire Burned Area Emergency Response at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4346/
Forest Closure Order and Map at: http://go.usa.gov/3GbPA
About the U.S. Forest Service:
The mission of the US Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the US Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the United States, of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. Learn more at http://www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf