El Dorado fire burn areas reopen in San Bernardino National Forest – San Bernardino Sun

All areas of the San Bernardino National Forest closed since 2020 due to damage from the El Dorado fire have been reopened.

National Forest officials announced Friday, April 1, that the reopening includes the Thurman Flats Picnic Area and popular trails such as Foresee Creek and San Bernardino Peak.

Also reopening are areas outside the fire’s burn scar that were closed due to debris flow concerns.

Officials warned that hazards such as loose rocks, ash pits and falling trees may still persist in the burn scar area.

The San Gorgonio Wilderness Association and National Forest staff are still fixing trails in the area. One of the first projects will be re-establishing the John’s Meadow backcountry camp area, which is currently closed to overnight camping.

Recreation passes are required for many activities, including parking at the Thurman Flats Picnic Area.

The human-caused fire began in September 2020 after a gender-reveal photo shoot in El Dorado Park in Yucaipa. The fire burned 22,744 acres in the Oak Glen/Yucaipa Ridge area and within the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area of the National Forest, and resulted in the death of one firefighter.

For more information about the reopening, call the Mill Creek Ranger Station between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday at 909-382-2882 or visit fs.usda.gov/main/sbnf.

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