Hiking Trails

Riverside County to reopen hiking areas and lift burn permit suspension

Riverside County will reopen seven hiking areas across the region and lift a burn permit suspension, effective Monday.

Recent rains and milder temperatures have led to more favorable conditions for outdoor activities in the following seven areas:

  • Eagle Canyon/Tin Mine (east of Corona)
  • Steel Peak (north of Lake Elsinore)
  • Canyon Bautista (southeast of Hemet)
  • North Mountain (south of Banning, north of San Jacinto)
  • Whitewater Canyon (east of Cabazon)
  • Ramona Bowl (south of Hemet)
  • Simpson Park (south of Hemet)

“I am pleased that we are able to open these beautiful areas of Riverside County for full access, but would like to remind visitors to remain vigilant and alert for the threat of wildfires,” said Riverside County and CAL FIRE Riverside Unit. Chief Bill Weiser said in a statement.

Future closures may be implemented depending on weather conditions, fuel moisture and the increased threat of fire. Maps for each of the affected areas can be found at https://tinyurl.com/hikingclosures

After:Coachella Valley Hiking Guide: 26 Valley, High Desert, and Forest Trails

Lifted burn suspension

The burn suspension will be lifted at 8 a.m. Monday. Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and the possibility of wintry weather conditions have helped to begin to reduce the threat of wildfires.

Those with valid and valid residential and agricultural burning permits may resume burning on authorized burning days. Agricultural burns must be inspected by CAL FIRE before burning until the end of the fire season, according to a news release.

Homeowners and residents are urged to exercise caution when burning debris or farmland, to follow guidelines, and to maintain control of the fire at all times. Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable if they let a fire get out of control and/or spread to neighboring property.

Battery burning requirements include:

  • Residential burning is not permitted in Riverside County except for tumbleweeds
  • It is forbidden to burn rubbish, painted wood or other debris
  • Don’t burn on windy days
  • Stacks should not exceed three feet high by two feet wide. You can add to the pile as it burns
  • Clear a 10 foot diameter to bare ground around your piles
  • Have a shovel and a water source nearby
  • An adult must be present at the fire at all times.

Residents who wish to burn can contact the South Coast Air Quality Management District at 866-966-3293 or visit http://www.aqmd.gov/home/airquality/air-alerts to see s t is an authorized burning day.

For more information on burning, visit https://www.fire.ca.gov/

Ema Sasic covers entertainment and health in the Coachella Valley. Contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter @ema_sasic.