Scorched park reopens but experts caution

LA-area park scorched by ’09 wildfire reopens

GLENDALE, Calif.- Public Adjuster John Morgenstern congratulates the Los Angeles County wilderness park on its announced reopening today following extensive damage in the so-called Station fire in ’09.

“For us, there is nothing more gratifing than a reopening following something so devastating,” said Morganstern, head of Priority Adjusters in Los Angeles. “The wilderness park restoration efforts have been nothing short of spectacular.”

Despite the celebration, officials say more recovery work is needed. “Today is a day for celebration,” said Morgenstern. “But it’s also critical we don’t forget the millions of dollars of restoration that still need to be completed. Also, there are still many Glendale homeowners abandoned by their insurance company. These folks continue to suffer.”

The lower portion of the 709-acre Deukmejian Wilderness Park in the foothills above Glendale was reopened this week to the public.However, many hiking trails remain closed.

Most of the park burned during the Station fire, which blackened 250 square miles of the Angeles National Forest and destroyed 89 homes on the edge of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Debris flows and mudslides struck the denuded parkland during winter storms.