VALLEJO, Calif. - On Tuesday, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region announced that it will end the regional closure order affecting National Forests in California at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 15.
This decision will open parks two days prior to the original end date of Sept. 17.
Forest-wide closures will remain in effect and be extended until midnight on Sept. 22 for the Los Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino, and Cleveland National Forests in Southern California due to local weather and fire conditions, and firefighting resources.
Some National Forest System lands will remain closed under local closure orders in areas with ongoing wildfires to ensure public safety.
This includes the Eldorado National Forest which will remain closed until Sept. 30 and the Shasta-Trinity National Forest which will be closed until Sept. 17.
“We are constantly evaluating weather and fire conditions in California, as well as regional and national firefighting resources available to us so that we can ensure the safety of the public and our firefighters,” Regional Forester Jennifer Eberlien said. “Some factors are more favorable now, which is why I decided to end the regional closure order. I want to thank the public and our partners for their patience and understanding during these challenging times.”
More than 7,404 wildfires have burned over 2.25 million acres across all jurisdictions in California, according to the U.S. Forest Service.