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[pics & vid] BREAKING: Trails Restored and Re-opened After Wildfire [pics & vid] BREAKING: Trails Restored and Re-opened After Wildfire
The Carr fire of 2018 in Northern California affected, partially devastated and closed 52,000 acres and 200 miles of OHV and Jeeping trails in... [pics & vid] BREAKING: Trails Restored and Re-opened After Wildfire

The Carr fire of 2018 in Northern California affected, partially devastated and closed 52,000 acres and 200 miles of OHV and Jeeping trails in theBureau of Land Management (BLM) managed Chappie-Shasta OHV Area. Not only was this devastating for the region and the community, but it was an awful blow to the off roaders and 4×4-ers who enjoyed the miles and miles of trails.

BUT, thanks to a core group of volunteers and supporters, instead of a long-term closure [potentially years], less than two months later the area is open to the public again – and many areas restored!

Because of both behind-the-scenes meetings, politics, adaptive management by agency leadership, and the Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance’s (PWORA) long-term commitment to wildfire recovery efforts on public lands combined with the volunteer work party of October 20th, 2018, the area was reopened and returned back into the hands of the users.

Chappie-Shasta is a famous and awesome off-highway vehicle area, enjoyed by side-by-sides, dirt bikes, ATVs and jeeps/4×4’s, located right by the dam of Lake Shasta, along the Sacramento River.

Under the guidance of PWORA, using the Recreational Incident Command System (RICS), and supervised by the BLM, 35 volunteers put in one hard-day’s work to install dozens of no-dig barriers, clean out untold numbers of plugged culverts, and add signage where the wildfire had ravaged the area.  Prior to the work day, the BLM staff already pre-staged barriers and supplies, and conducted quite a bit of rehabilitation work.

Split into two groups, the Big Gulch Group and the South Group, lead by volunteers each with a BLM Agency Rep, the work took place flawlessly. In fact, the vast majority of the crews were back in camp for an early dinner, with a giant burger cooked on the grill with all the fixings sponsored by Metalcloak, a Rancho Cordova business that also sits on the PWORA Board of Directors.

Several clubs and groups participated including: Overland Bound; Redding Black Sheep Jeep Club; Nor Cal Jeeps; Redding Dirt Riders; Marin County Motorcycle Association; Cal4wheel; Beale AFB Jeeps; and individuals who just wanted to help.

Enjoy the pics and video, and if you know these volunteers, be sure to say THANKS!

Thank you Matt Gilbert of Beale AFB Jeeps for the great (short) video.


Signage was impressive and we fixed what was burned


Jeeps in the traditional line-up


One happy ModernJeeper and Metalcloak owner Jerry Arnold


South Group was lead by Kent Reynolds and found the trashed tires


Nathan Wenz ran the Big Gulch group with Don Amador


Official PWORA logo on the recon truck


Dozens of dumped, trashed tires found in burned area


One jacked up dumped tire


BLM agency reps worked alongside volunteers all day


Ted Cabral, OHV Commissioner briefs Overland Bound Michael Murguia



Just some of the trashed tires recovered


Re-bar driving tool (rather than sledge hammers), yes!


Lots of grubbing and digging to install barriers


Big Gulch Group and sawyer Don Amador


Everyone pitched in with barrier installation — hand work for sure


Briefing and thank you Metalcloak for dinner


Greg Willoughby the BBQ champ and his king-size burgers


The BLM used a mastication/mulcher machine to munch a lot of brush and burned vegetation


Saving backs by winching out trashed tires and cleaning culverts


This inaugural Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance (PWORA) event was a tremendous success, applauded by the BLM and the entire team.  Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors and supporters.   Learn more about PWORA here.

Full length recap video by Overland Bound with their “Boots on the Ground” program explained.

Del Albright Ambassador

Internationally published author; WorldWide ModernJeeper Abassador and 2014 Inductee of the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. Del has been involved in the Jeeping Lifestyle for longer then most of us can count. His educational and mentorship programs have helped developed warfighters in the ongoing battle to keep Public Lands Open to the Public.


    October 27, 2018 #1 Author

    Man, That’s Awesome Guys!!!


  • Harry Palmer

    October 27, 2018 #2 Author

    Very good job getting the trails opened so fast. It will be nice if you can explain what was needed and how difficult it was to accomplish the work. Our local 4×4 club has worked with BLM to install trail signs so people can find there way around the desert areas. Standardizing the signage is a real challenge, so I think it would be good to see what you used.

    I hope the plan for future restoration includes planting or seeding the needed woods or grasses to reduce the amount of erosion and improve the recovery of the forests. I know the fires caused damage but erosion also causes a lot of damage, especially to the streams. Reducing the erosion will reduce the amount of crud getting into water sources which will allow fish and animals to survive.

    Thanks for the work and the updates.


  • Gene Hill

    October 27, 2018 #3 Author

    Because of work I was not able to help with this.
    I hope that in other areas affected by the fires that some of the fire breaks and roads that were created can stay open for off road use. In the past many logging roads that had been usable for years have been gated off and large areas of public land closed off


  • Sam Lanning

    October 27, 2018 #4 Author

    Thank you all for helping rebuilding our off-road land and keeping us all informed of all the improvements to the trails!


  • Michael Dewitt

    October 27, 2018 #5 Author

    Anyone’s Jeep is lookin good. Happy to hear about the tails being open, just got to keep the tails trash free. A lot of trails here in WV got closed because people would throw here trash out. Hopefully I’ll be able to come out there on the trails and meet some new people!


  • Todd Ockert

    October 28, 2018 #6 Author

    Great work to get this area opened back up for users.


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