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Popular off-road area near Wildomar shut for at least one year after fire

By in Press Enterprise on November 4, 2017

By Shane Newell

Off-road enthusiasts used to trekking to a southwest Riverside County mecca for the sport must find a new place to ride.

The Wildomar Off-Highway Vehicle Area will be closed for at least a year after the 866-acre blaze that broke out Oct. 26, Cleveland National Forest spokeswoman Olivia Walker said. The campsite at the south end of the trails also is shuttered.

“This is a huge hit to the OHV community,” Walker said.

Tucked in the mountains overlooking Lake Elsinore and Wildomar, the OHV area is comprised of 8 miles of dirt trails and attracts 50 to100 off-road enthusiasts every weekend, Walker said.

It’s the only OHV trail in western Riverside County.

  • A brush crew keeps watch over part of the area burned by the Wildomar fire in the Cleveland National Forest last week as cleanup takes place Thursday near Wildomar, CA. November 2, 2017. (TERRY PIERSON,THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG)

  • Olivia Walker, Public Affairs Officer, Cleveland National Forest walks down one of the OHV trail roads through part of the more than 866 acres of burnt land which is now-closed in the Cleveland National Forest Thursday near Wildomar, CA. November 2, 2017. (TERRY PIERSON,THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG)

    Olivia Walker, Public Affairs Officer, Cleveland National Forest walks down one of the OHV trail roads through part of the more than 866 acres of burnt land which is now-closed in the Cleveland National Forest Thursday near Wildomar, CA. November 2, 2017. (TERRY PIERSON,THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG)

  • Heavy equipment is used to clear and clean up part of the area burned by the 866 acres Wildomar fire in the Cleveland National Forest last week as cleanup takes place Thursday near Wildomar, CA. November 2, 2017. (TERRY PIERSON,THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG)

    Heavy equipment is used to clear and clean […]    

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