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Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve To Reopen In February After Closing Due To Wildfires

SILVERADO (CBSLA) — Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve will reopen to the public in February after being closed since the fall of 2020 due to two wildfires.

The preserve is set to reopen for Wilderness Access Day on Feb. 5.

Orange County"u2019s mini Grand Canyon
SILVERADO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 03: OC Parks and Irvine Ranch Conservancy dedicates the newly-built East Sinks Viewing Deck in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve on Tuesday, The deck boasts stunning views of Orange County's very own mini Grand Canyon. "n"nThis is the second viewing platform overlooking The Sinks, with the West Viewing Deck opening in 2011.Shot on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

Irvine Ranch Conservancy and Orange County Parks have been working to restore the area that was burned in the Silverado and Bond fires.

"Nearly all of OC Parks' Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve burned in the 2020 Silverado and Bond fires, including large portions that actually burned twice. These incidents significantly impacted the wildlife and landscapes that are close to the hearts of so many who visit and volunteer at Limestone Canyon," OC Parks Supervising Park Ranger II Nick Martinico said.

"We observed this closure to allow a rest period for wildlife, time for habitat regrowth and to rebuild infrastructure," he continued. "We deeply appreciate the public's patience and support and are now eager to once again host activities at Limestone Canyon starting with our Wilderness Access Day in February."

On the reopening day, OC Parks and IRC will host Wilderness Access Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More information about the IRC and restoration efforts can be found at

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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