Volunteers aid in fire recovery, more trails to reopen

National Park Service staff and volunteers gathered to help the natural area recover from the recent Springs Fire at Rancho Sierra Vista in Newbury Park last Friday and Saturday. Additionally, trails in Point Mugu State Park that were closed during the fire are scheduled to be reopened this weekend. Workers raked over tracks left behind by fire engines in order to make the trails more visible and keep visitors on the trails to protect wildlife, and pulled out invasive weeds found near the burn area at Rancho Sierra Vista, according to the NPS.

A number of trails are scheduled to be reopened this Friday in Point Mugu State Park as well, while some have already been reopened, according to State Parks officials. Sycamore Campground, Chumash Trail Head Parking, La Jolla Group Camp, La Jolla Day-Use and the Back Country area will be reopened May 24, with some Back Country trails remaining closed for additional repairs. Mugu Beach, Thornhill Broome Campground and Sycamore Cove Day-Use have all been reopened.

The Springs Fire burned more than 24,000 acres in Ventura County earlier this year month. It sparked in Camarillo and quickly reached Newbury Park, the Cal State Channel Islands area and the Pacific Ocean at Point Mugu.

California State Parks and NPS officials and volunteers have been working to help the natural areas affected by the fire recover. Parks officials say members of the public can help do this as well by respecting park closures, staying on park trails and volunteering for habitat restoration or trail improvement.

For more information, visit nps. gov/samo.

The Malibu Times is the first newspaper in Malibu, serving the community since 1946.

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