Some area recreation trails could reopen soon

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Ojai Valley News photo by Perry Van Houten
Signs posted at the trailhead announce the Gridley Trail is still closed as of April 10.
Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
Public access to some recreation trails closed because of fire and storm damage will likely be allowed over the next few weeks.
“Fingers crossed,” said Diane Rendano-Cross, assistant recreation officer for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Ojai Ranger District. “We are looking at a revised forest order that is going to shrink down the closure area.”
All USFS trails within the 281,893-acre Thomas Fire burn scar were closed Dec. 8.
Seventy miles of trails in the Ojai and Santa Barbara ranger districts of the Los Padres National Forest were in the fire's footprint.
Assessments by burned area emergency response (BAER) teams identified approximately 37 miles of trails in moderate- to high-burn-severity areas.
In addition to the trails, recreation sites and campgrounds were impacted by the largest wildfire in modern recorded California history.
“This one was historical in many ways,” Rendano-Cross explained. “The fire burned and then we got rain right away. Usually we have months to prepare for the storm damage.”

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