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The Woolsey Fire’s stamp on the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation is significant.
The fire, which began Nov. 8 and spread to encompass more than 98,000 acres, scarred more than 20,000 acres of SMNRA 23,621 acres — more than any fire in history.
“Prior to the Woolsey Fire, the biggest park fire was the 1993 Green Meadows Fire at 38,000 acres,” the NPS states in a post on its website. “The 1970 Clampitt Fire burned 115,537 acres, but it did not burn nearly as much within the recreation area.”
Twelve of the 13 mountain lions in the National Park Service’s study appear to be alive and moving.
As of Monday, Nov. 26, puma P-74 remained unaccounted for; his GPS collar had not transmitted points since Nov. 9. Officials said he likely did not survive.
“We believe that he had not yet dispersed from his mother who was not radio-collared,” NPS stated.
As of Nov. 16, the NPS reported that all four bobcats it tracks appeared to be moving, though their conditions were unknown.
“It will take time for our biologists to gauge if their movements are normal,” Ranger Ana Beatriz wrote in a Facebook post. “It appears the entire home ranges for all four have burned. Moving forward, we will see if they will be able to find the resources they need to continue surviving.”
As of Nov. 21, all trails in the Cheeseboro and Palo Comado Canyons were re-opened to the public, and the visitor center at King Gillette Ranch was operating. Rancho Sierra Vista on the western end of Santa Monica Mountains also was open for hiking as of press time.
NPS warned against using drones or unmanned vehicles above NPS lands. Violators face a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Properties overseen by California State Parks, the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy also sustained damage.
Burned facilities at Leo Carrillo State Park included its visitor center, sector office, employee residences, three lifeguard towers, Leo Shop structures, the Junior Lifeguard Complex and several restrooms.
At Malibu Creek State Park, damage was incurred at employee residences, the historic Sepulveda Adobe, Hunt House (including historic Adamson rowboats), Red House, White Oak Barn and Reagan Ranch. El Matador Beach also burned.