Forest Service Temporarily Closing All California National Forests for Public Safety (extended to 9/22/21)
The Pacific Southwest Region is temporarily closing all National Forests in order to better provide for public and firefighter safety due to extreme fire conditions throughout the state, and strained firefighting resources throughout the country. This closure will be effective on Tuesday August 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. through September 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CLOSURE EXTENDED to September 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. By temporarily reducing the number of visitors during this extreme threat, this closure will minimize the likelihood that visitors could become trapped on National Forest System lands during emergency circumstances, decrease the potential for new fire starts at a time of extremely limited firefighting resources, and enhance firefighter and community safety by limiting exposure that occurs in public evacuation situations, especially as COVID-19 continues to impact human health and strain hospital resources.
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