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Re: USDA Forest Service Temporarily Closing All California National Forests for Public Safety

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VALLEJO, Calif., — August 30, 2021. To better provide public and firefighter safety due to the ongoing California wildfire crisis, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of all National Forests in California. This closure will be in effect from Aug. 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. through September 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. This order does not affect the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, which is not in the Pacific Southwest Region.

“We do not take this decision lightly but this is the best choice for public safety,” said Regional Forester Jennifer Eberlien. “It is especially hard with the approaching Labor Day weekend, when so many people enjoy our national forests.”

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Re: USDA Forest Service Temporarily Closing All California National Forests for Public Safety
August 30, 2021 10:04PM
Yes indeed. And the trip we were going to take tomorrow is now no longer possible...

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Does this mean that all roads through these forests are closed (including CA-120 and CA-108), or just the forest service roads?
I don't believe any roads are closed unless related to fire fighting. As noted on the press release, there are many businesses located in national forests which are exempt. Not to mention NPS units which are surrounded by national forests (still open - I guess dept of interior has a little more sense than USDA).

You may find a locked gate in some areas though. May need to bring a bike to get to the trailhead.
The order was terminated, effective today.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/16/2021 09:50AM by Sierra Miguel.
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