Forest Service Ending Regional Closure Order Two Days Early; Five Forests to Remain Closed Under Local Orders


VALLEJO, Calif., — Sept. 14, 2021. The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest
Region will end the regional closure order affecting National Forests in California at
11:59 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 15, two days prior to the original end date of Sept. 17.
However, forest-wide closures will remain in place and be extended until midnight on
September 22nd on the Los Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino, and Cleveland National
Forests in Southern California due to local weather and fire factors, as well as a
temporary strain on firefighting resources supporting large fires in other areas of the
state.
In addition to the four National Forests that will remain closed in Southern California,
some National Forest System lands throughout the state will be closed under local
closure orders in areas of ongoing wildfires to ensure public safety. This includes the
Eldorado National Forest in Northern California, which has a forest closure order until
Sept. 30. Fire restrictions also remain in place across all National Forests in California
to prevent new fire starts. Please refer to the local National Forest that you plan to visit
to obtain specific information on closures and restrictions.
“We are constantly evaluating weather and fire conditions in California, as well as
regional and national firefighting resources available to us so that we can ensure the
safety of the public and our firefighters,” said Regional Forester Jennifer Eberlien.
“Some factors are more favorable now, which is why I decided to end the regional
closure order. I want to thank the public and our partners for their patience and
understanding during these challenging times.”
Factors leading to this decision include:
1. Anticipated increase of firefighting resource availability to California due to fire
danger lessening in other areas of the country.
2. Regional weather systems and related climate zones becoming more variable as the
seasons change, leading to less uniform conditions across California. Where
weather and fire danger remain high, tailored fire restrictions and closures remain in
place locally and may be added where necessary.
3. Peak summer visitation has tapered off significantly since the Labor Day holiday
weekend. The public is a critical partner in mitigating risk and recreating responsibly
on our National Forests.
4. We recognize the important role of National Forests to peoples’ livelihood and
quality of life.
Favorable fire conditions remain throughout many parts of the state, and the public’s
role in recreating responsibly has never been more important. We remind visitors to
practice self-sufficiency during visits to National Forests, be aware of fire conditions in
the area you are visiting and follow guidelines to prevent human-caused fire starts. Best
practices include:
• Heed local information regarding trails and campgrounds, especially fire restrictions
and closures. Generally, camp stoves with a shutoff valve will be allowed.
• Be proactive in your thinking about preventing fire starts. Smoking, parking in grass,
flammable material, and other activities could cause fire ignition under dry
conditions.
• COVID-19 remains a concern. Maintain at least six feet distance from others.
• Do not gather in groups and please follow the latest guidance from officials.
• Communicate with others as you pass. Alert trail users of your presence and step
aside to let others pass.
• Pack out your trash and leave with everything you bring in and use.
• All services may not be available, so please plan accordingly.
More than 7,404 wildfires have burned over 2.25 million acres across all jurisdictions in
California. The nation remains at Preparedness Level 5 (PL5); the Northern California
Geographic Area is at PL5, and the Southern California Geographic Area has moved up
to PL4.
The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is largely in California but is in the Intermountain
Region (R4) and is not impacted by the previous closure order.
The Forest Service thanks our partners and the public for their cooperation and
understanding. Citizens with specific questions within their area should consult their
local forest website or social media pages for more information.

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Many Moons Local
Many Moons Local
12 hours ago

Personally I think the closures are a good idea during crucial fire season and drought in consideration that there are so many irresponsible people out there especially when it comes to responsible camping, picnics, hikes or whatever outdoor activities are being enjoyed. Nature does as it will and let’s take into consideration that not everyone out there actually cares about anyone or anything other than their selves, so we get unattended camp fires and or not properly extinguished or leftover fireworks and cigarette flickers etc. Until you watch your home burn down to the ground, with hope no loss of life or lives or hope your home or business is not next to go, the terror is there and lingers for a long time. Our forests are extremely important as I’m sure many know this and they are more than just playgrounds, the risks and lives taken of firefighters everywhere, they can never be thanked enough. I can say I have experienced the loss to fire as well following six months later loss to flood, yes I was but a child watching the devastation as my family’s home burnt to the ground then the second meager rebuild washed away, yes it lingers and is a strong reminder of our place here on our planet earth that we are all supposed to take care of. Have a good day everyone.

Earl Duran
Earl Duran
1 day ago

California is like a Ship without a Rudder, and no Captain, the only reason I read this Rag is because of the Comment Section.

Dee
Dee
1 day ago
Reply to  Earl Duran

Hate much?

daytripper
daytripper
2 days ago

Wow, sure gonna miss these helpful comments.

desco
desco
2 days ago
Reply to  daytripper

Mixed feelings about the demise of comments. It’s a perfect place to exercise your right of free speech. Also a perfect place to exercise your right to make a total ass of yourself.

BobK
BobK
1 day ago
Reply to  daytripper

you’re reading them aren’t you?

John
John
2 days ago

What did the best and brightest forest supervisors come up with at their recent forest closure meeting to address their current failed forest service policy of allowing massive and excessive understory and forest fuel build-up? Asking for a friend. Honestly, my lungs can’t take much more smoke. Is the public frustrated with the USFS and the INF? I know I am. Seems like all the INF knows how to do is close camp spots, meadows, roads, trails and your new fav…the whole forest! I drive around the INF forest and the only thing that’s new is what the INF has recently closed. INF’s new motto…”what part of the forest can we close next” or “when can we close it all down…again” both work for you. If you work for USDA please disclose in your comments. Thanks in advance.

Tinner
Tinner
1 day ago
Reply to  John

John, you sound like one of those who drives around the forest and through meadows, ripping up and making new roads and flying around corners endangering the safety of anybody and anything out there in your little penis compensating monster truck with an after market exhaust system.

John
John
1 day ago
Reply to  Tinner

Pinner, attacking my character is immature. I live adjacent to the Inyo NF and the smoke is very bad today for my family and me. The smoke has serious long term effects for our health. Your statement and comment is way out of line. I’m a retired utility worker who enjoys the forest and certainly not what you describe. If what I said is harsh, well “it is what it is”; sorry the truth hurts sometimes. Also, you might want to take a remedial English course…run on sentence much?

Tinner
Tinner
1 day ago
Reply to  John

You must be new to the internet, welcome!

Marie
Marie
1 day ago
Reply to  Tinner

Tinner, what does penis size have to do with closing the forest?

Tinner
Tinner
1 day ago
Reply to  Marie

Nothing, but insecure dudes often think a monster truck with an aftermarket exhaust system can compensate for other areas of their lives.

Pine
Pine
1 day ago
Reply to  John

John,
Understory treatment wouldn’t be necessary if periodic fire cleared it out as it did before fire suppression. This is a man-made problem exacerbated by a warming and drying climate.
USFS has no money. Even when they log trees and sell them, they don’t make their money back from the timber they sell. There isn’t a mill within 100 miles of INF. How do you expect them to sustain themselves clearing brush for free?

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
2 days ago

Well that’s nice. Try to conform your mandates to what the public actually is doing, which is widespread flouting of your mandates. Maybe it will preserve what little credibility you have left, who knows.

INYOFACE
INYOFACE
2 days ago

SYSTEM LIMITATIONS , = Agenda Mandates . Come on , What are you saying , Your old Dell is running out of storage space , Isn’t Chris updating your Computers any longer , No Money for New Solid State drives ? What a JOKE .

INYOFACE
INYOFACE
2 days ago

So , No more comments after October 1st . I guess that fits like a Glove in the Great State of Commie California . I Highly Doubt Pravda allowed Comments from the rabble either . Attn Former Citizens , You had better Conform , Learn to Go Along to Get Along , OR ELSE.

INYOFACE
INYOFACE
2 days ago

Let it BURN , To Remote , It will burn itself out ! Yeah , That worked out well .