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Trails and tribulations: some open, most still closed

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Ojai Valley News photos by Perry Van Houten
The post-Thomas Fire view Jan. 21 from the Fox Canyon Trail.
Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
The largest California wildfire in recorded history has temporarily left the southern Los Padres National Forest (LPNF) with little to offer outdoor enthusiasts.
All U.S. Forest Service (USFS) trails within the burn area of the 281,893-acre Thomas Fire remain closed.
The few USFS trails outside the burn area are, for now, inaccessible due to the closure of Highway 33 north of Ojai.
Chorro Grande Trail and Potrero John Trail had been options until storm damage closed the highway.
In the Ojai frontcountry, the closed trails include Gridley, Pratt, Cozy Dell, Horn Canyon, Sisar Canyon, Fuelbreak Road and parts of the Foothill Trail.
In all, 34 LPNF system trails — roughly 127 miles — were damaged by the fire.
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Ojai Valley News photos by Perry Van Houten
The Foothill Trail cuts through a burn area Jan. 21.

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