■ Hemet Fire Department / Contributed Hemet Fire Department reopened Simpson Park to the public on Dec. 12 at 8 a.m. The HFD takes these actions in concert with Riverside County (Cal Fire), which has initiated similar actions at seven hazardous fire areas: • Avery Canyon (Gibbel Road east of State Street in Hemet) • North Mountain and Indian Canyon (San Jacinto area) • Whitewater Canyon (Cabazon, north of Palm Springs) • Nuevo/Lakeview (east of Menifee Road and San Jacinto Avenue) • Minto (Sage) • Reinhardt Canyon (north of Highway 74 and California Avenue in Hemet) • Ramona Bowl and Bautista Canyon (southeast Hemet) The closure of the park was necessitated
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