Inyo National Forest Rescinds Forest Closure Order Effective Immediately

The Inyo National Forest has rescinded Forest Closure 05-04-51-20-17, effective immediately due to diminished fire risk from the SQF Complex (Castle Fire). This opens the Monache Meadows area.

As a reminder, the following closures are still in effect:
• Inyo National Forest within Madera County remains closed. The most common destinations
are Reds Meadow Valley and the Devils Postpile National Monument. This area remains
closed due to the Creek Fire to the west.

• Forest order 05-04-54-20-15 remains in effect and includes Navy Beach and the South Tufa

• The Inyo portions of the South Sierra, Golden Trout, John Muir, Ansel Adams, Owens River
Headwaters, and Hoover Wilderness Areas remain closed. This closure may be rescinded
or extended as needed.
Wildernesses in the Inyo Mountains and the White Mountains, front country dispersed areas
throughout the forest, developed sites, resorts, and recreation resident cabins are open.
Visitors to the Eastern Sierra should expect smoky conditions.


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3 years ago

I went to South Lake trailhead and there was a sign that said closed so I turned around. So drainage areas are closed still?

Joe Mamma
Joe Mamma
3 years ago

I was very sad when I found out the headline was not true.
Can you please fix it? It is extremely misleading.

Charles James
3 years ago
Reply to  Joe Mamma

It’s the subject line of the Forest Service Press Release that they chose to use. It was referring to a specific Closure Order, which is why they are numbered. Granted, it does seem misleading, no argument there! But you really should take it up with them. Thanks for offering your… Read more »