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Forest Service temporarily closes all national forests in California

The Forest Service says all national forests in California are temporarily closed, effective today.

Posted: Sep 9, 2020 12:01 PM
Updated: Sep 9, 2020 1:16 PM

CALIFORNIA – The Forest Service says all national forests in California are temporarily closed, effective at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing an immediate 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 p.m. Sept. 9. 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, according to the forest service.

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On Sept. 7, 2020, officials closed eight National Forests. The explosive growth of fires throughout California during the day and late evening of Sept. 8th led to this updated decision, according to officials.

“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 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. 

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