Modoc Sheriff: 'I disagree with decision to close the Modoc National Forest'

The Modoc County Sheriff is speaking out against the closure of 9 national forests in our state. One of them is the Modoc National Forest.

Posted: Aug 26, 2021 7:08 AM
Updated: Aug 26, 2021 7:18 AM

MODOC COUNTY, Calif. - The Modoc County Sheriff is speaking out against the closure of 9 national forests in our state. One of them is the Modoc National Forest.

Sheriff Tex Dowdy sent a letter to the Pacific Southwest Region U-S-F-S Office. He told Action News Now on Wednesday, this is hitting local forest employees hard.

And says while 7 of the forests have fires burning, Modoc does not.

"It could create a huge economic impact for our county based on the fact that we've got hunting season and we've got labor day weekend coming up in a few weeks," Dowdy explained "And our businesses rely on that activity to support them every year. Furthermore, I want the public to understand this isn't a decision that was made at the local level. This was made at the regional level. I would hope that in the future we could have more collaboration before a decision such as this is made."

Dowdy also added that most fires in the county are caused by lightning, not by hunters.

The closure is in effect now through September 6th of this year.

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