VALLEJO, Calif. - On Monday, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest announced the temporary closure of all California National Forests citing public safety reasons.
This closure will be in effect from Aug. 31 through Sept. 17.
The closure does not affect the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, which is not in the Pacific Southwest Region, according to the USDA.
“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.”
Several factors led to this decision including the need to decrease the potential for new fire starts, reducing the number of people in national forests that may get trapped in emergency circumstances, and forecasts showing that conditions this season are trending the same or worse moving into late summer and fall.