Several areas of the Angeles National Forest closed since last year's massive Station Fire will reopen today for hiking, picnicking and camping.
The Magic Mountain Wilderness will be accessible once again, along with vast majorities of Pleasant View Wilderness, the West Fork of the San Gabriel River, Rincon Shortcut Road, Millard Campground, and the Chilao, Bandito, Horse Flats, Meadow Loop, Manzanita Loop and Coulter recreation areas.
A number of burned areas will be reopened over a matter of years. Still closed are Highway 2, Big Tujunga Canyon Road, Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, Little Tujunga Road and other forest service roads in the burn area.
"We are developing a comprehensive recovery plan that will create healthier, more sustainable ecosystems, involving water, vegetation and wildlife," said forest supervisor Jody Noiron.
The U.S. Forest Service is looking for volunteers and others to help bring the forest back to life. For more information, log onto www.fs.fed.us/r5/angeles.