A closure has been ordered for all of the national forests in California except the Humbolt-Toiyabe national forest. The order is for forests in the Pacific Southwest Region due to the high danger of wildfires. With so many fires currently burning across Califorina, resources are stretched thin. The reasoning for the order was to minimize public safety risks should a fire break out. The forest service says we are seeing a record year for fire conditions in the forests. The closure is in effect from August 31st, 2021 at 11:59pm through September 17th at 11:59pm.
The closure comes as people are planning recreational activities in the forests for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend.
“We do not take this decision lightly but this is the best choice for public safety,” said Regional Forester Jennifer Eberlien. “It is especially hard with the approaching Labor Day weekend, when so many people enjoy our national forests.”