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Half Of Angeles National Forest Reopens After Station Fire

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(credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

(credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — One of the state’s most popular parks is set to welcome campers back in just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

KNX 1070’s Bob Brill reports two years after the Station Fire charred tens of thousands of acres, half of the Angeles National Forest has been re-opened.

Nearly 100,000 acres of the park including major campground facilities are now open for hiking, picnicking and camping in the forest’s northern, southern and eastern regions.

The accessible areas also cover 100 miles of hiking trails from Indian Canyon Trailhead to Mill Creek Summit and the entire San Gabriel Wilderness area.

The other half of the forest still remains closed after the Big Tujunga Canyon region was devastated in the 2009 fire and remains under natural recovery effort.

Deputy Forest Supervisor Marty Dumpis expects the rest of the forest to be opened in about a year.

“As we start getting the repairs, and more recovery occurs, we’re going to hope to be opening up more areas incrementally in that area,” Dumpis said.

Visitors can check the U.S. Forest Service website for a full map of the areas now open to the public.

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