Uncovering The Truth Around California Fires.
Photos: Box Spring Mountain Exhibit
Box Springs Mountain Park is a beautiful 7.8-mile hike located in Riverside County. It sits just outside of Moreno Valley California. It is moderately trafficked and great for all fitness levels. This hike is family and dog friendly, and is accessible year-round. The total elevation is 1,771 feet and offers an out and back route. The best times to visit would be in the spring or late summers.
Although, Box Springs have been a great place to hike on a beautiful sunny day. It has experienced a devastating impact one late Sunday afternoon as fire flames burst between the neighborhoods of Riverside and Moreno Valley California. We have come to know this fire as Blaine. Evacuation orders were placed Sunday evening and covered all homes west of Hidden Springs Drive and west of the intersection of Pigeon Pass Road and Sunnymead Ranch Parkway. According to the Riverside County Fire Department, the fire was reported around 4:10 pm which burned uphill towards the Box Springs Mountain Reserve. The fire was very powerful, burning 1,000 acres by 7: 00 pm. The cause was under investigation as residents hurried to safe grounds. One resident claimed he never had to evacuate due to a fire in the 4 years of his residency. The Blaine fire is still under investigation till this day.
One Friday afternoon during a hike at the Box Reserve Mountain, we uncovered the remains of Blaine and the true aftermath of the preserved location. The findings are worth a glimpse to bring light of what may not be just a “typical” fire.
The entrance, located right off Two Trees Road will guide you through a trail that connects you to the Exhibit. The scene is almost imaginary, as the winter leaves turn bright orange and yellow, falling gently to the ground. You will approach an awkward branch that reads, Do not Enter! It may feel like a Blair Witch Project scene, so don’t go alone! Sike, you can go alone, but I recommend a partner to join. As you continue along the trial, you will notice the trees change as the damages of Blaine becomes a reality. Once you enter the exhibit you will feel like you’re standing in a middle of a field just like in the movie Six senses. Where everything has been wiped, leaving the remains of debris and rubble. Now once you arrive, look around. Notice how the trees are burned and struck with fire. As you glance to the ground you will notice lots of holes. Based off the quantity and size of the holes in the ground, they were not of norm and may not be snakes or golfer holes.
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