Celebrating the salvation of Hellhole

First fire closed a little bit of heaven called Hellhole Canyon, and then it was rain.

Come tomorrow, it will all be good again.

Burned manzanita plants provide a stark contrast with the wildflowers blooming in the distance at Hellhole Canyon County Open Space Preserve near Valley Center. “We’re feeding off Mother Nature’s recovery,” said Jake Enriquez, a county parks official.

Rugged Hellhole Re-opens

VALLEY CENTER – The county parks department has reopened Hellhole Canyon Open Space Preserve, which was closed after the Paradise fire blackened the 1,700-acre park.

That leaves only five county parks still closed of the 23 affected by October’s wildfires, parks and recreation director Renee Bahl said yesterday at a ceremony marking the reopening.