The U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has taken three national forests off the regional closure order that came into force as wildfires spread throughout California due to the incredibly inept forest management (or lack thereof) of the California state government. Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra National Forests were removed from the list.
While the three forests were released, only two of them – Inyo and Sequoia – have actually opened. Sierra – citing “threat of unprecedented and dangerous fire conditions” and noting that the 300,000+ acre Creek and 1,000+ acre Bullfrog Fires have created a pretty nasty cocktail of extreme conditions, significant wind events, and dry conditions – has issued a Forest Closure that will remain in effect through November 1.
The two newly open forests state that propane and gas stove use is now permitted at developed recreation sites (areas which have been “improved or developed for recreation such as campgrounds and day use sites”).
Besides the self-imposed closure of Sierra, the other four California National Forests – Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres, and San Bernardino also remain closed. The decision to keep each of these forests closed will continue to be reviewed daily.
From the USFS website:
“We understand how important access to national forests is to our visitors,” said Randy Moore, Regional Forester for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region stated. “As we evaluate fire and weather conditions on a daily basis, we will continue to make adjustments to ensure safe visitation. Our aim continues to prevent any new fires on the landscape.”
The other thirteen National Forests in California may be open to “varying degrees.” Check the National Forest websites for more information on the status and contact information: Eldorado, Klamath, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta-Trinity, Six Rivers, Stanislaus, and Tahoe.