Wildfires leave gaps in famed Pacific Crest Trail

Wildfires leave gaps in famed Pacific Crest Trail

CABAZON, Calif. (AP) – Vast wildfires have created lengthy gaps in Southern California sections of the famed Pacific Crest Trail, which hikers must bypass via shuttles or alternate routes to avoid dangerous conditions.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports Monday (http://bit.ly/1SEUHRv ) long-distance “thru-hikers” must be shuttled by van around the closures or risk incurring $2,500 fines.

About 14 miles of the trail approaching the mountain town of Idyllwild are closed three years after a blaze scorched more than the 27,000 acres. Two sections are closed in the San Bernardino National Forest following wildfires.

The U.S. Forest Service says danger in burned areas can come from slippery ash, unstable trees, loose rocks and flash floods.

Each year, thousands trek sections of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Mexico to Canada.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com 

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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