Angeles National Forest lovers just go 86,000 acres back, almost 2 years after Bobcat fire

Thousands of acres in the Angeles National Forest reopened Friday, April 1, nearly two years after the Bobcat Fire scorched a significant portion of the Southern California landmark.

The Bobcat Fire started Sept. 6 in San Gabriel Canyon, deep in the Angeles National Forest, north of Azusa. It would become one of the largest wildfires of the past century in Los Angeles County.

Its destructive wake quickly prompted the closure of 143,000 acres within the national forest, where work began to restore the land for public safety and for its natural resources, according to forest officials who welcomed the reopening of local trails Friday.