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:

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.