Reserve recovers from inferno
The hike up to Annie's Rock in Stebbins Cold Canyon was left a wasteland by this summer's Wragg fire. At the bottom right, the Monticello Dam can be seen, along with its glory hole, left high and dry by drought-receding water. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo
For 15 days in July and August, the Wragg fire incinerated nearly everything in its wake, consuming the 576 acres that comprise the UC Davis Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve and torching a total of 8,000 acres near Lake Berryessa.
As the area begins to recover, local nature enthusiasts and university researchers alike eagerly wait for the the reserve to reopen. Yet for now, they are left only with bold-red words warning "CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE" on the reserve's website.
The closure leaves thousands of visitors waiting to get their dose of nature. In recent years, the area has seen up to 65,000 guests per year, said Jeffrey Clary, director of the Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve. Continue Reading