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California NF Closures

FYI - according to this Dept of Forestry web site,, all NF in California are closed until 17 Sep.


 (no clue why their own URL doesn't show the page)


REI Member Since 1979
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That is correct.  The purpose of the closure, no doubt, is to reduce the chance of new fires being caused by or threatening Labor day visitors given there is no spare capacity.

The fire danger is too high and they are over taxed with the Dixie (South Lassen, Lake  Almador area burning since mid July) and Caldor (south western Lake Tahoe area burning since mid August) fires both of which crossed the Sierra divide.  I believe there are currently around 15 major fires burning in Ca

The Dixie fire is the 2nd largest in area in modern Ca History...currently 885,954 Acres. The Caldor fire is currently ~216,000 but is threatening the much more densely populated area of south Lake Tahoe. For reference, the August Complex (eastern side of the north coastal range) fire last year (2020) is the largest and burned 1,032,648 Acres.

As to the NF website, it seems each forest management unit issues its own warning. 

If you pick, say, Inyo

you will see that forest is closed. 

btw the link you posted is no longer valid presumably because the article has been updated...see the parent page...

to access the latest Region 5 updates.




Great update, thanks!

REI Member Since 1979