Monday, June 29, 2015

Lake Fire Update (Rain helps crews gain on Lake fire in San Bernardino National Forest)

According to news reports from the Los Angeles Times, rain on Sunday in the San Bernardino National Forest helped fire crews gain ground on the now 30,000 plus acre Lake Fire. The fire was 50% contained by Sunday, but officials said they expected that figure to rise throughout the day as fire crews continued to gain ground north and east of Onyx Peak. Nearly 2,300 firefighters have battled the blaze on the ground and from the air since it started June 17, at a cost thus far of $27 million. Four firefighters have been injured. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Hiking trails in the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area remain closed, as does the Pacific Crest Trail from Whitewater Preserve to Onyx Summit. State Route 38 has been reopened to traffic, but local campgrounds remain closed and access from the route "will continue to be restricted to camp staff and recreation residence owners only," the forest service said on its website.

OC Parks Presents The 2015 Summer Concert Series

OC Parks Presents the 2015 summer concert series
Nick Waterhouse, Tom Freund, Venice, Rumours, Savor and The Joshua Tree take the stage

(Orange County, Calif.) – OC Parks welcomes back its annual outdoor summer concert series. Six free concerts at Salt Creek Beach, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Craig Regional Park will present Southern California artists performing live under the summer sky on Thursday evenings July 23 through August 27.

Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point will kick off this year’s free summer concert series. Thursday, July 23 welcomes U2 replica The Joshua Tree performing with the progressive and classic rock tunes of Zach Churchill.

The concerts continue on to Mason Regional Park in Irvine with a knee-slapping free show. The July 30 stage presents folk artist Tom Freund and the local country sensation Downtown Country Club.

Next the series visits Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley on August 6. Southern California’s own Santana tribute band Savor will headline Thursday’s concert and 2014 OC Music Awards’ Best New Artist nominee, Big Monsta, will kick off the show.

Irvine Regional Park will also be hosting a free summer concert series performance the evening of August 13. Venice Beach natives and indie rock group Venice will hit the stage with soul singer Quinn Archer.

On Thursday, August 20, the series continues to the rolling hills of Craig Regional Park. Audiences will relive the magic of rock & roll with Fleetwood Mac tribute band Rumours and jam out to local favorite Yukon Gold.

The final concert of the 2015 OC Parks Summer Concert Series returns to Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. Rhythm and blues sensation Nick Waterhouse will take the stage on August 27 with pop/funk tunes of the band Melted opening the show.

All of the OC Parks Summer Concerts are part of the KROQ ‘N Surf summer series. All shows take place from 6 to 8 p.m., are free to attend, with free parking and open to the public of all ages. Food trucks will be serving on-site at each location. Friends and families are invited to come out, bring a blanket and a beach chair and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.

2015 OC Parks Summer Concert Series Schedule
(All shows 6-8 p.m., free admission with free parking)

Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach
Location: 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, CA 92629
Contact: (949) 923-2280
Date: Thursday, July 23
Artist: The Joshua Tree with Zach Churchill

Mason Regional Park
Location: 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Contact: (949) 923-2220, 
Date: Thursday, July 30
Artist: Tom Freund with Downtown Country Club

Mile Square Regional Park
Location: 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Contact: (714) 973-6600, 
Date: Thursday, August 6
Artist: Savor with Big Monsta

Irvine Regional Park
Location: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA, 92869
Contact: (714) 973,6835, 
Date: Thursday, August 13
Artist: Venice with Quinn Archer

Craig Regional Park
Location: 3300 State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92835
Contact: (714) 973-3180, 
Date: Thursday, August 20
Artist: Rumours with Yukon Gold

Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach
Location: 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, CA 92629
Contact: (949) 923-2280
Date: Thursday, August 27
Artist: Nick Waterhouse with Melted

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Wildfire In The San Gorgonio Wilderness Off Of Highway 38 (Update)

According to news reports, fire fighters have been successful in combating the Lake fire, which started burning last week. U.S. Forest Service officials on Tuesday began scaling back the fight against the 17,525-acre Lake fire, sending 57 fire personnel home by day’s end and raising containment to 33 percent. The Lake fire broke out the afternoon of June 17, 2015, in the Barton Flats area and has been moving east through dense timber in a wilderness area that hadn't burned in a century.  But the eastward spread began to slow over the weekend when the fire hit an area where the vegetation had been thinned by the Sawtooth Complex fire of 2006. Aside from some drainage channels with thicker fuel, the fire is mostly burning grass. For full story on the Lake fire, see the Press Enterprise Article, Here. (Photographs credited to the Press Enterprise)

It is great news that the Lake fire is in the process of being contained, its spread slowed and is hopefully on the way to being putout, however the damage to the San Gorgonio Wilderness has been done and currently when this section of the San Gorgonio Wilderness will reopen to hikers is unknown. The following closure still remain in effect: Highway 38 from Angelus Oaks to Lake Williams, Jenks Lake Road,  Maple Lane in Big Bear Lake (for fire equipment movement), and all hiking trails into the San Gorgonio Wilderness including the Pacific Crest Trail from Whitewater Preserve to Onyx Summit.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Happy Father's Day Weekend!

Hiking is a great way to spend Father's Day!  Here is one event by OC Parks!  Sounds like a great one for kiddos!  HAPPY FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND TO ALL YOU WILDERNESS DADS!

Father's Day Journey ~ OC Parks - Aliso & Wood Canyons Park

Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Bring dad along on the backcountry wilderness hike he's always wanted. Enjoy the oak-filled Wood Canyon and Wood Creek Trails as we search for wildlife and their evidence. This is a 2-mile (150-ft. elevation gain) hike.

Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park).

For questions, call (949) 497-8324 M-F or (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
Parking: Free
Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link
Date: 6/21/2015
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Among this event, we have an abundance of trails on our blog!  Riley Wilderness Park, hikes along the coast, and more!  Get outside this weekend and enjoy the beauty!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Wildfire In The San Gorgonio Wilderness Off Of Highway 38

Unfortunately, a large wildfire broke out in the San Gorgonio Wilderness this past Wednesday.  Presently the wildfire has grown past 10,000 acres and is continuing to grow.  Myself and two buddies from work, actually hiked the Vivian Creek Trail this past weekend, as part of our Mt. Whitney training.  Although the Vivian Creek Trail is on the opposite side of the mountain, from where the fire is currently burning, there area along the Vivian Creek Trail was the driest I had ever seen it. The fire has shut down Jenks Lake Road and is burning in that location, near the South Fork Trail. We actually have permits to hike the South Fork Trail this weekend, as part of our continued Mt Whitney Training. Given that all trails are closed for good reason, we will be on Mt. Baldy this weekend.  (Photograph credited to the Press Enterprise)

According to a Los Angeles Times Article: The fire began around 4:00 p.m. Wednesday near Jenks Lake Road, charring 50 acres near a cluster of summer camps operated by churches and the YMCA, according to the U.S. Forest Service. But the blaze, which is 5% contained, grew overnight, moving east as it consumed timber and threatening several structures. The San Bernardino National Forest received rain last Friday, but it was not enough to relieve dry conditions. The Lake fire quickly grew in the afternoon from 1,500 acres to 7,500 acres because of dry, windy conditions, said Anna Bribiescas, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service. By 7 p.m., the fire had spread to 10,000 acres, making it the largest blaze this year on the state’s national forests.  Fire officials have also ordered evacuations for areas east of Angelus Oaks, Onyx Summit, Barton Flats, Seven Oaks and homes off of Rainbow Lane. Hiking trails into the San Gorgonio Wilderness area were closed because of the fire. The Pacific Crest Trail is also closed from Whitewater Preserve to Onyx Summit. Jenks Lake Road has been shut down, and Highway 38 is closed between Angelus Oaks to Lake Williams.