"We needed to take appropriate action to protect the public by decreasing the potential for fires to start in Riverside County," Hawkins said.
The areas closed are:
- 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)
Cal Fire may close other areas in the near future, based on weather conditions and wildfire threats, Hawkins said.