United States National Forests in California will close on Tuesday August 31 2021 to better provide public & firefighter safety due to extreme fire conditions. This is a temporary closure thru September 17 2021.
The USDA Forest Service Order states that “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.”
Multiple Factors Led to the Temporary Closing of California National Forests
The U.S. Forest Service is concerned that visitors could become entrapped during emergency circumstances.
The U.S. Forest Service hopes that the closures will decrease the potential for new fires.
Highest California Wildland Fire Activity
More than 6,800 wildfires have burned 1.7 million acres across all jurisdictions in California, and the National Wildfire Preparedness Level (PL) has been at PL5 since July 14, 2021, only the third time in the past 20 years that the nation has reached PL 5 by mid-July – indicating the highest level of wildland fire activity.