Environment & Science

7 Riverside County parks shut down as fire safety precaution

File: A sign warning of a severe fire danger placed outside a playground in the Los Angeles suburb of Porter Ranch on Jan. 22, 2016.
File: A sign warning of a severe fire danger placed outside a playground in the Los Angeles suburb of Porter Ranch on Jan. 22, 2016.
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Seven parks in Riverside County, which were identified as hazardous fire areas, were closed Wednesday until further notice. 

This is something that Cal Fire and the Riverside County Fire Department do around this time every year as a precaution, department spokesperson April Newman told KPCC. 

"Certain areas of the county have a higher risk of fire danger, and so to avoid having any injuries or fatalities to the citizens or residents and visitors of the area, we close specific areas for their safety,” she said.  

These are areas that have an abundance of dry brush but that don't normally receive a large amount of public traffic, Newman said. 

Here are the affected recreational areas:

Newman also noted that there's a burn restriction in the county that prohibits open-fire cooking without the approval of a local fire department.

See maps of the closed parks below:

Hazardous fire areas