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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Expensive citations issued to Hemet's 'closed' Simpson Park violators


Last updated 9/2/2018 at 1:54pm

Tony Ault

The extreme fire hazard in the surrounding Hemet foothills prompts the city to close Simpson Park as the sign on the closed park gate at the end of Vista del Valle says.

The tinder dry brush, the Cranston Fire and the Holy Fire in recent weeks are a strong reminder that throughout the surrounding San Jacinto Mountain and Cleveland National Forest fire danger is extreme.

Many trails in the mountains and foothills are restricted or closed to normal hiking and mountain biking. One popular trail in the Hemet foothills, reaching from Simpson Park at the end of Vista del Valle, has been closed for weeks, but some have ignored the locked gates and signs stating, "Park closed due to fire hazard" and "Park closed, No entry." They have learned a hard lesson from the...

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