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    Default CA National Forests Temporary Closure

    Hi,
    Just got this forwarded to me:

    Forest Service Temporarily Closes All National Forests in California[Fire Restrictions 2020]


    VALLEJO, Calif. - Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of an additional ten National Forests, meaning all eighteen National Forests in California are now closed. The closure of the additional ten forests will be effective at 5:00 pm today. These additional forests include the Eldorado National Forest, Klamath National Forest, Lassen National Forest, Mendocino National Forest, Modoc National Forest, Six Rivers National Forest, Plumas National Forest, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Tahoe National Forest, and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. This decision will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change.
    We had closed eight National Forests on Monday evening, Sept. 7, 2020. Explosive growth of fires throughout California during the day and late evening of Sept. 8th led to this updated decision.
    "The number of large fires and extreme fire behavior we are seeing across the State is historic," said Regional Forester Randy Moore. "These temporary closures are necessary to protect the public and our firefighters, and we will keep them in place until conditions improve and we are confident that National Forest visitors can recreate safely. I ask all Californians and visitors to take these closures and evacuations seriously for their own safety and to allow our firefighters to focus on the mission of safely suppressing these fires ."
    The Forest Service thanks our partners and the public for their cooperation and understanding of this monumental fire threat. It is critical that all Californians and national forest visitors follow these important closures and restrictions for their own safety and the safety of our firefighters. Citizens with specific questions within their area may call their local forests for more information.
    The Forest Service manages 18 National Forests in the Pacific Southwest Region, which encompasses over 20 million acres across California, and assists forest landowners in California, Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. National forests supply 50 percent of the water in California and form the watershed of most major aqueducts and more than 2,400 reservoirs throughout the state. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R5<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fs.usda.gov%2FR5&data=02%7C0 1%7C%7C2237b91e1e2140703e4308d854f66b53%7Ced5b36e7 01ee4ebc867ee03cfa0d4697%7C0%7C0%7C637352765580308 676&sdata=rxj09RIQ33HJ4OH226BZb6z8zxqPRaUbHYh4O00a enU%3D&reserved=0>.

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    May want to cross-post this to the Steelhead forum as well.

    Not surprising, but a bummer. 2020 is literally the worst.

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    So what exactly does this mean? No driving through? No hiking/camping obviously. We have a cabin at Jonesville. It private land but surrounded by forest land. Can I get up there legally?
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    I also was curious as to what exactly does this closure mean. After searching the USFS website, the following Regional Orders dated September 15, 2020 and extending to September 21, 2020 explains which National Forest Districts are included in these orders and what activities can and can not be performed on the these effected Districts.

    https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE...eprd804575.pdf

    https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE...eprd804574.pdf

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    I was just up at our place in Jonesville and drove over to humbug valley as well. The forest service website does show that several of the closed forests (including Lassen) are closed but the roads are open. I found this to be the case. There are a gns announcing the forest closure but the roads were not closed.
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    USFS lands in California will begin opening tomorrow Sept 19, mostly to day use only and with zero fires allowed. Check with your respective forest before heading out. The Tahoe as an example: https://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe/?fbcli...Fg2PgBFCW2PMGY
    Last edited by Ralph; 09-19-2020 at 08:28 AM.

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