Burn Areas

Fire poppy (Papaver californicum). Photo: Maisie Borg, iNaturalist (CC BY-NC)

Places to Go, Plants to Find!

A burned landscape presents a number of safety hazards. Be very aware of your surroundings, follow warning signs, area closures and directions from agency personnel, and pay particular attention to these potential safety hazards.

Know Before You Go
Burn areas can be hazardous. Please read through our Know Before You Go page before you venture out!
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Current Hotspots:
Blazing with wildflowers

Parry’s phacelia (Phacelia parryi) © hikingsandiego, some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC)

[where] Silverado Fire Burn Perimeter

Whiting Wilderness Park

Check out this map of the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park which shows all the available trails within the Silverado Burn Site Perimeter. 

Trails include: 

  • Borrego Canyon Trail: Easy   
  • Red Rock Canyon: Easy
  • Cattle Pond Trail- short loop, relatively easy hike 
  • Mustard Road: Difficult 
  • Vista Lookout- Intermediate hike

Parking Fee: $3 daily. Machine accepts $1 bills and quarters or Visa/MasterCard and OC Parks Annual Pass. Be sure to cross reference our map to make sure your observations are within the burn sites. You will hike up Borrego Canyon Trail until you reach parts that fall within the burn site. You will know you are there because ropes and signs will direct hikers to stay on trail for ecological restoration. After reaching the end, you could extend your hike and continue to the other trails listed above. 

[what] Parry’s Phacelia (Phacelia parryi)

Despite the lack of rainfall and being late in the season, you will be able to spot this plant all throughout the Borrego Canyon Train to Red Rock blooming in numbers. Native to Southern California, this hike is the ideal spot to come observe them.

Open Burn Areas*

This curated list of burn areas include sites and places that have recently been opened to the public. Before you venture out, please read through our Know Before You Go page and be prepared for the unique circumstances, and possible hazards, of the site you intend to visit. 

*We cannot guarantee or verify if a burn area listed below is indeed open. This information may become out of date as parks and land managers change the status. Please be sure to check the status on the respective website of the burn area, provided in the corresponding buttons below, to make sure the site is open. 

Angeles National Forest

LA County
Indian Well Campground Trail, Tulelake, CA 96134

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Photo: Clarkia sp. © Sarah Berryman, iNaturalist CC-BY-NC

Six Rivers National Forest

Trinity, Humbolt and Siskiyou Counties
East of Hoopa, CA and South of Cecilville Road

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Photo: Glacier lily (Erythronium grandiflorum) © ynaturalesa, iNaturalist CC BY-NC

Lava Beds National Monument

 Siskiyou and Modoc Counties
North of Castaic Lake, East of Landcaster, CA

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Photo: Sagebrush mariposa lily (Calochortus macrocarpus) © pidpot, iNaturalist CC BY-NC

Point Reyes National Seashore

Marin County
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

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Photo: Pacific bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa) © Peter Prehn, iNaturalist CC BY-NC-ND

Mojave National Preserve

San Bernandino County
90942 Kelso Cima Rd, Kelso, CA 92309

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Photo: Eastern joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia var. jaegeriana) © Jim Boone, iNaturalist CC BY-NC

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

 Orange County
26701 Portola Parkway Foothill Ranch, CA 92610

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Photo: Parry’s Phacelia (Phacelia parryi) © cheonggaegori, iNaturalist BY-NC

Mono Lake

Inyo National Forest
Highway 395, 13 miles east of Yosemite National Park, near the town of Lee Vining, CA

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Photo: Two-colored Phacelia (Phacelia bicolor) © R.J. Adams, iNaturalist CC BY-NC

Yosemite National Park

Mariposa and Tuolumne County
Highway 120 to Tioga Road in Yosemite NP

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Photo: Woodland pinedrops (Pterospora andromedea) © Stacie Wolny, iNaturalist CC BY-NC-SA

Inyo/Sierra National Park

Fresno and Madera Counties
North of 168 and east of the 41 near Oakhurst, CA
We recommend Shaver Lake and Mammoth Pool Reservoir

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Photo: Purple fairy-lantern (Calochortus amoenus) by Kyle Nessen

Coalinga Mineral Springs

Fresno County
S Coalinga Mineral Springs Rd California 93210

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Photo: Golden eardrops (Ehrendorferia chrysantha) © paulexcoff, iNaturalist CC BY-SA

Toro Regional Park

Monterey County
South of Salinas on the 68 towards Monterey

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Photo: Fire poppy (Papaver californicum) © jhigbie, iNaturalist CC BY-NC

Round Valley Regional Preserve

Contra Costa County
19450 Marsh Creek Rd, Brentwood, CA 94513

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Photo: Henderson shooting star © Morgan Stickrod, iNaturalist, Creative Commons

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Sonoma & Napa Counties
2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood, CA 95452

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Photo: Diogenes lantern © Dan and Raymond, iNaturalist CC

Annandel State Park

Sonoma County
6201 Channel Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

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Photo: Checker lily © Nido Paras, iNaturalist CC

Shasta-Trinity National Forest

 Trinity, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Modoc and Humboldt Counties

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Photo: Red larkspur © jeweliha, iNaturalist CC

Klamath National Forest

Siskiyou County
Near Redding, California

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Photo: © emackinnon, iNaturalist CC

Chino Hills State Park

San Bernardino County
4721 Sapphire Rd, Chino Hills, CA 91709

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Photo: California bluebells © hasankhan, iNaturalist CC

Los Padres National Forest

Los Angeles County
Near Castaic, California

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Photo: Purple owls clover © canyonbill, iNaturalist CC

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

In the Eastern California portion
Off of Highway 395

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Photo: Leichlins mariposa lily © Amelia Ryan, iNaturalist CC

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve

Alameda County
9401 Morgan Territory Rd, Livermore, CA 9455

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Photo: Phacelia suaveolens © Glen Ellen and Jennifer Chandler, iNaturalist CC

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