Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. With California raging with deadly and destructive wildfires, the Forest Service has decided to close all National Forests in the state for the first time ever.
The announcement of the closure of all 18 National Forests in California comes as historic fires are burning across the state and fire resources are spread thin. In order to limit any potential human-caused fires on public lands, the Forest Service simply won’t allow humans in the area.
“The number of large fires and extreme fire behavior we are seeing across the State is historic,” said Regional Forester Randy Moore in a statement. “These temporary closures are necessary to protect the public and our firefighters, and we will keep them in place until conditions improve and we are confident that National Forest visitors can recreate safely. I ask all Californians and visitors to take these closures and evacuations seriously for their own safety and to allow our firefighters to focus on the mission of safely suppressing these fires.”
Forest Service officials will re-evaluate these closures daily as conditions change.