Fire fund established to restore and reopen the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

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Visitors center has a burnt gate at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Murrieta. Courtesy photo
MURRIETA – This year marks 35 years since the legal formation of the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Murrieta. Within this timeframe, other than controlled burns and one small grass fire on the Sylvan Meadows section in 2015, the site has escaped a major fire event, until Sept. 4, when the Tenaja Fire burned 2,000 acres on the reserve and has rendered the site closed to the public. The assets impacted by the fire included fencing, bridges, gates, plant and animal habitats, the program stage, a storage unit, event equipment and benches. “We owe the amazing Cal Fire firefighters our sincere gratitude who took a stand at the Visitor Center to save that structure as the fire came right up to it,” Ginger Greaves, executive director of nonprofit Santa Rosa Plateau Nature E
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