Popular hiking sites closed for duration of wildfire season

Riverside County Fire Department Chief Bill Weiser officially closed access to multiple outdoor recreational locations Thursday, June 1, for the duration of Southern California wildfire season to minimize public safety risks.The chief received authorization from the county Board of Supervisors the week of May 22 to implement the closures, a practice that began in 2007. The designated grounds are located mainly in the central and southwest portions of the county, and they’re expected to remain off-limits until at least November.“Riverside County experienced heavier rain than usual this year, which has led to a larger grass crop,” Weiser said. “This creates a greater chance of large, damaging wildfires. I urge all residents and visitors to be fire smart and use caution when e
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