Fire season ends, popular county hiking sites reopen

Trail marker is seen at Skunk Cabbage Junction on Mt San Jacinto. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Access to a half-dozen popular outdoor recreational locations in the central and west sides of Riverside County were reopened Monday, Dec. 20, after a six-month closure to minimize public safety risks amid wildfire season. “I am happy that we are able to reopen these beautiful recreational areas for everyone to enjoy safely,” county fire Chief Bill Weiser said. In early June, the Board of Supervisors authorized Weiser to implement an order establishing fines for anyone entering the sites due to potential brush fire hazards. Since 2007, fire officials have sought and received permission from the board to shut down general access to the areas, while permitting residents to come and go without interruption. Wildfires in the locations are difficult to manage, given the
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