July 19, 2024

Hungry Valley SVRA trail crew replacing fencing that burned in the Post Fire. Hungry Valley SVRA trail crew replacing fencing that burned in the Post Fire.
The Hungry Valley SVRA trail crew replacing fencing that was damaged in the Post Fire. A member of the Hungry Valley SVRA trail crew replacing fencing that was damaged in the Post Fire.

 

July 12, 2024

Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) welcomed California State University, Northridge (CSUN) geology students and geography and environmental studies professor Dr. Amalie Orme to conduct research on wildfire impacts at the park from the Post Fire that burned approximately 10,000 acres of state land this past June.

Geology students Taylor Trevino and Alex Sasich collected soil ash samples to analyze any polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are carcinogenic compounds in the soil, to determine the soil quality in the riparian habitat. Dr. Orme directed students to identify areas that may have oil seepage in the soil so that students can analyze the soil profile of different areas of the park that may have high concentrations of mercury, lead, and heavy metals from the fire.

Hungry Valley SVRA is slowly recovering from the fire but with the collaboration from CSUN students and professors, we can proceed with understanding the impacts of wildfires. One student from the Department of Biological Sciences will be starting a small project to learn about the post-recovery succession of the oak trees that were also impacted by the fire and how they can recover over time. Another student will be utilizing remote sensing and Geographic Information System techniques to analyze the burn severity and mapping the vegetation and trees that were affected by the fire.

Hungry Valley SVRA is grateful for all the students and professors in supporting us throughout these trying times, and it’s with the collaboration of local universities that uplift our spirits here.

California state University, Northridge students collecting soil samples containing ash from the Post Fire.

July 3, 2024

Hungry Valley SVRA is closed until further notice. The Post Fire is 100% contained with fire crews on standby in case of flare ups. The wind-driven fire started in Gorman heading west then south toward Pyramid Lake burning 15,690-acres in Hungry Valley SVRA and Los Padres and Angeles National Forests.

In the days after the fire, Southern California Edison replaced utility poles restoring power within the park. Other utility companies have inspected their equipment and repairs are ongoing. Supplies and equipment are being ordered to replace miles of fencing and gates damaged in the fire. A major concern is soil erosion in the park due to rain storms during the summer monsoon season. Plans to mitigate soil erosion are being implemented to prevent further damage to the park.

A rattlesnake moving through the burned vegetation after the Post Fire.

June 24, 2024

California State Parks today announced the temporary full closure of the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) in Southern California due to extensive damage caused by the Post Fire. The closure has been in effect as of June 17, 2024. The wildfire, which started on June 15, has burned through large swathes of the park in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, impacting the SVRA’s infrastructure and resources in the park and leading to hazardous conditions. State Parks strongly advises the public not to enter the park, which will remain closed until further notice.

The Post Fire burned 10,064 acres within the eastern and southern portions of Hungry Valley SVRA, which contains most of the park’s off-highway vehicle recreation trails and the Quail Canyon Special Event Area. When the fire initially started, nearly 1,200 park visitors and staff were evacuated safely.

So far, the fire is confirmed to have destroyed or severely impacted:

  • The South Entrance Station
  • A well pump shed
  • Several miles of fencing and trails
  • Multiple wayfinding signs
  • 2,000-acres of the Native Grasslands Management Area
  • Two cultural preserves
  • Vegetation that provides habitat within the park and natural boundaries for trails

June 17, 2024

Freeman Wash with burned shrubs and vegetation. A sign for Freeman Canyon surrounded by burned vegetation.
The Post Fire burned exceedingly hot devastating trees, shrubs, and other plants altering the habitat within the park. East, West, and Lower Freeman Canyons were severely impacted by the Post Fire.
A tree burned down to the trunk in the middle of a sandy wash. Trees and shrubs burned in the Post Fire.
10,064-acres within Hungry Valley SVRA burned in the Post Fire. The loss of trees and other large vegetation will impact the viewshed and habitat for years.

 

June 15, 2024

California State Parks Ranger in a white truck parked on a dirt road assists visitors in evacuating the park as plumes of smoke from the Post Fire can be seen within Hungry Valley SVRA. Flames and smoke from the Post Fire are visible on a ridge in the eastern portion of Hungry Valley SVRA.
The Post Fire started on June 15, 2024 near the Gorman exit from I-5. The fire spread rapidly from the north into the eastern portion of the park.
Fire burning a hilltop covered in smoke. A State Park Ranger in his patrol vehicle parked on Gold Hill Road assists with the evacuation of Hungry Valley SVRA.
Embers carried on the gusty winds spread the fire up to one-mile away. Rangers evacuated nearly 1,200 people to safety as the fire spread within the park