Canyon Fire 2

Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 the Canyon Fire 2 started near the intersection of the 91 and 241. The fire burned through Anaheim Hills and East Orange, extensively burning four County regional parks. Of the more than 9,000 acres estimated damaged in the Canyon Fire 2, the large majority are within four OC Parks regional parks: Irvine Regional Park, Santiago Oaks Regional Park, Peters Canyon Regional Park, and Irvine Ranch Open Space. Other facilities, including several regional trail segments, are also damaged.

LATEST UPDATES:

May 9, 2018

  • All trails at Peters Canyon and Irvine regional parks have reopened.

February 9, 2018

January 12, 2018

  • Parks closed in anticipation of this week's storm have reopened. All previous trail closures for fire recovery remain in place. See maps below for details on closures.

January 8, 2018

  • Santiago Oaks and Peters Canyon regional parks, as well as exterior trails at Irvine Regional Park, will be closed as of 12 p.m. Jan 8. Current weather forecasts show heavy rain expected in Canyon Fire 2 burn areas, which pose the risk of mud and debris flows. While OC Parks has taken measures to reduce the risk, debris flows may still occur. Please stay out of closed areas for your safety.

December 15, 2017

  • Chutes and Chutes Ridgeline trails at Santiago Oaks Regional Park will reopen Saturday, Dec. 16 (Revised Map)
  • Portions of Roadrunner Loop Trail at Irvine Regional Park will reopen Saturday, Dec. 16. (Revised Map)
  • Please stay out of closed areas and off closed trails. Trespassers in closed areas will be cited (OCCO 2-5-46).
  • A Habitat Recovery and the Ecology of Fire program will take place in Fremont Canyon Saturday, Dec. 16. Space is limited and registration is required. Register online.

December 7, 2017

Portions of Santiago Oaks Regional Park will be open as of 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.

Map of closed/open areas at Santiago Oaks

Trespassing in closed areas and on closed trails will not be tolerated. Trespassers will be cited (OCCO 2-5-46).

  • The Windes parking lot will be open, and trails will be accessible via Towhee Trail.
  • The following trails will be OPEN: Anaheim Hills, Barham Ridge, Bumble Bee (partial closure), Cactus Canyon, Deer, Grasshopper, Hawk, Mountain Goat, Mountain Goat Enhancement, Oak (partial closure), Peralta Hills, Sage Ridge, Santiago Creek (partial closure), Towhee, Weir Canyon, Wilderness (partial closure), Windes (partial closure).
  • The following trails will be CLOSED: Arizona Crossing, Bobcat Meadow, Bumble Bee (partial closure), Chutes, Chutes Ridgeline, Coachwhip, Historic Dam, Lady Bug, Oak (partial closure), Pacifica, Pony, Rinker Grove, Santiago Creek (partial closure), Sour Grass, Wilderness (partial closure), Willows, Windes (partial closure), Windes Nature.
  • Areas and trails that are closed remain so for visitor safety and/or recovery of sensitive habitat. Premature access could permanently damage these areas and lead to longer-term or permanent closures.
  • Upcoming volunteer opportunities at Santiago Oaks and other affected parks will be posted here as scheduled.
  • Partial closures remain at Irvine Regional Park and Peters Canyon Regional Park.

November 10, 2017

  • Portions of Peters Canyon Regional Park will be open as of 7 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. The three trails that remain closed are around the reservoir: Lake View Trail, Skylark Trail and Cactus Point Trail. For your safety, please stay on the open trails only and follow all signs. Trespassers in closed areas are subject to citation (OCCO 2-5-46).
  • Map of closed/open areas at Peters Canyon.
  • Santiago Oaks and exterior trails at Irvine Regional Park remain closed. Trespassers subject to citation (OCCO 2-5-46).
  • Additional volunteer opportunities will be posted as scheduled.

November 7, 2017

  • VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
    • Peters Canyon Regional Park will hold its first Third Sunday Restoration Day following the Canyon Fire 2. Registered participants will help plant native habitat around the edges of the parking lot. No access into closed areas of the park. Registration is limited to 50 participants. Please register online to save your spot. EVENT IS FULL. More opportunities will be posted soon.
    • Peters Canyon Regional Park will continue to focus its monthly Third Sunday Restoration Day activities on fire recovery.
    • Irvine Regional Park is planning a fire recovery volunteer day in December, date and details to come.
  • CLOSED PARKS/AREAS
    • Trespassers in closed areas are subject to citation (OCCO 2-5-46).
    • Full closures remain at Peters Canyon and Santiago Oaks regional parks.
    • Partial closures (exterior trails) remain at Irvine Regional Park (map).
  • WHAT'S NEXT
    • Fire crews have completed hazardous tree assessment and removal at Peters Canyon. Park staff is currently working on opening some portions of Peters Canyon as soon as areas to remain closed can be properly delineated.

October 27, 2017

  • OC Parks worked with OC Public Works to map and document the more than 7,000 acres of park land that burned.
  • Please respect all trail closures and do not trespass in closed areas. Hot-spots, weakened trees and other hazards remain. Crews are still working in many areas.
  • IRVINE REGIONAL PARK
  • PETERS CANYON REGIONAL PARK
    • All portions of the park remain closed. Please respect all closures and do not trespass in closed areas.
    • OC Parks and fire crews are working to identify and remove hazards. Once this is complete, some trails on the southern and eastern edge will reopen. We do not have a time estimate when this will occur, and we appreciate your patience. Any status updates or changes will be posted here first.
  • SANTIAGO OAKS REGIONAL PARK
    • All portions of the park remain closed. Please respect all closures and do not trespass in closed areas.
    • OC Parks and fire crews are working to identify and remove hazards first in the lower part of the park, nearest the main entrance. Once this is complete, portions of that area will reopen.  We do not have a time estimate when this will occur, and we appreciate your patience. Trails in the backcountry are expected to remain closed for a more extended period. Any status updates or changes will be posted here first.
  • Santiago Fire 10th Anniversary
    • The Santiago Fire started Oct. 21, 2007 and burned almost all of Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, much like the Canyon Fire 2 burned other parks this month. View this video to see how the park looked then and how it looks now. Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park was closed for nine months to allow it to recover.

    October 20, 2017

    • The interior of Irvine Regional Park, including the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch, is open. Exterior trails remain closed (closure map).
    • The OC Zoo will reopen Saturday, Oct. 21.
    • Peters Canyon, Santiago Oaks, exterior portions of Irvine Regional Park and affected areas of Irvine Ranch Open Space remain closed.
    • Damage assessments are ongoing; no time estimate at this point on reopening trails.
    • Confirmed more than 7,000 acres of County regional parks were damaged.
    • Red Flag fire weather conditions are expected Saturday morning through Tuesday evening. Orange County Fire Watch volunteers will be deployed to patrol affected areas. Stay alert to increased fire risk.

    October 17, 2017

    • Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch and interior areas of Irvine Regional Park have reopened as of Tuesday, Oct. 17. Exterior trails and the OC Zoo, remain closed. (10/17/17)
    • The OC Zoo is expected to open Saturday, Oct. 21, conditions permitting. (10/17/17)
    • Peters Canyon, Santiago Oaks, exterior portions of Irvine Regional Park and affected areas of Irvine Ranch Open Space remain closed. (10/17/17)

    October 13, 2017

    As of Sunday evening, Oct. 15, the fire containment was listed at 90%, with acreage at 9,217. Full containment is expected Tuesday, Oct. 17. See the incident page for updates.

    Aerial image of burned Peters Canyon
    Peters Canyon Regional Park 10/11/17


    Some areas of the affected parks may experience extended closures to allow the land and habitat to recover, similar to the closure Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park experienced following the 2007 Santiago Fire. Once the parks are safe for staff members to enter, they can make more complete damage assessments and determine what areas can be opened to the public in the short term, and what areas will need more time.

    As the extent of the damage becomes clear, OC Parks will schedule volunteer opportunities for those who wish to help the parks recover.

    Information on closures, volunteer opportunities and damage assessments will be posted as available on OCParks.com, as well as the OC Parks Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.