Fire-Ravaged Campground Opens by May 23
With scores of acres of state and national park land scorched from the Springs Fire in Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains, state and national park officials say they have been overwhelmed with requests to help, the Encino-Tarzana Patch reported.
"We're touched by the outpouring of support from the community and their desire to help," said David Szymanski, superintendent of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. "We'll need everyone's help to ensure the recovery goes as smoothly as possible."
The Springs Fire burned more than 1,000 acres of National Park Service land and more than 12,000 acres of California state parks land. Back country trails and fire roads in Point Mugu State Park remain closed as of Thursday. They will remain closed until at least May 23, according to Craig Sap, California state parks superintendent for the Angeles District.
"This closure is necessary as crews identify and extinguish hot spots and to assess trail hazards," Sap said. "After that we are planning to temporarily restrict use sunrise to sunset. We haven’t determined how long that restriction will remain in place, but it will be as short as possible."
Sycamore Canyon Campground, La Jolla Group Camp and La Jolla day use is tentatively scheduled to reopen May 22 or 23.
Szymanski said although fire is a natural part of all ecosystems, too many fires can harm native plant communities, reduce wildlife habitat and even increase future fire risk.
The Santa Monica Mountains historically only experienced fires once every 75 to 100 years. Dry and fire-prone invasive weeds and grasses become established and increase future fire risk when areas are burned too often.