November 18, 2003. Grasses have already begun to sprout in many areas of the park.
November 18, 2003. Everybody's favorite oasis in Suycott Wash got a little singed around the edges but survived. Even the picnic table was spared!
FIRE AFTERMATH UPDATE
Friday, November 21, 2003
It has not been a month since the fire that devastated San Diego County and yet a lot has happened here at Mission Trails to ensure the park’s health and viability as America’s greatest urban park. Park staff and volunteers have been working long hours clearing the park of dead animals and hazardous debris. Work on installing erosion control is moving along in many areas of the park. And throughout all this human activity, nature has not been dormant. Due to the recent gentle rains, numerous plant species have already begun to return. This growth will help in erosion control and become food for our struggling wildlife. Soon, the park will be green again and its beauty will raise the spirits of its grateful visitors.
Our crews are working hard to open up more areas of the park, but until then the cooperation of the public is needed. Please, stay on the main trails anywhere in the open areas of the park and keep your dog on leash at all times. Due to the fire, once hidden wildlife trails have become evident. The wildlife that survived the fire is extremely stressed from lack of food and cover. Do not access these trails, leaving the scent of humans and /or dogs along their routes will stress the animals even further. Also, entering restricted off trail areas will destroy new growth.
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