Due to “unprecedented fire conditions” throughout Northern California, the Forest Service has taken the astounding move of closing developed sites within ten National Forests in the area.
“There’s an extremely high potential for new fires to start and burn uncontrollably,” said Deb Bumpus, Forest Supervisor, LNF. “Extreme fire conditions and weather, along with significant shortages in firefighting resources, pose significant threats to communities and our public visitors.”
Here are all the areas impacted by the order:
- Eldorado National Forest
- Tahoe National Forest
- Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
- Mendocino National Forest
- Plumas National Forest
- Lassen National Forest
- Shasta Trinity National Forest
- Six Rivers National Forest
- Klamath National Forest
- Modoc National Forest
Developed Recreation Sites includes campgrounds, day use sites, boat launches and related facilities. The order also closes lands to camping outside designated, developed campgrounds called “dispersed camping.”
There are several exemptions to this specific order, including:
• Persons with Forest Service Permit No. FS-7700-48 (Permit for Use of Roads, Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation or Order), specifically exempting them from this Order.
• Any Federal, State or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
• Persons with a Forest Service non-special use written authorization to conduct non-recreational activities, such as harvesting timber or forest products, or grazing livestock.
The temporary closures of developed campgrounds, recreation sites, dispersed camping and the temporary fire ban that prohibits all campfires regardless of ignition source or location, will be reevaluated as conditions change.