California, USA — The U.S. Forest Service says it will reopen the area burned by the Zaca wildfire, which burned 375 square miles for four months last year.
The burned area, including about 167 miles of trail in the Los Padres National Forest, will be open to the public starting at noon Friday.
Forest Supervisor Peggy Hernandez warns that visitors use caution, because the fire, followed by winter rains and heavy snowfall, caused significant damage to the land. She says they should watch for landslides, rockslides and unstable terrain.
On the bright side, some ridge and canyon trails that were previously impassable because of heavy brush, will be open for the first time in years.
The Zaca fire, the second largest California wildfire in recorded history, briefly threatened ranches and vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley.