Six Rivers, eight other California national forests to remain temporarily closed
EUREKA, Calif. – With much of California still under threat from unprecedented and historic fire conditions—a combination of extreme heat, significant wind events, dry conditions, and firefighting resources that are stretched to the limit—the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has announced that nine national forests throughout the region, including the Six Rivers National Forest, will remain temporarily closed. This temporary closure will be reevaluated daily as conditions change.
Other national forests in the region that remain temporarily closed under Regional Order 20-17 (www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd810959.pdf), include the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres, San Bernardino, Inyo, Sequoia, Sierra and Klamath national forests.
In addition to the regional closures, fire restrictions remain in effect for all national forests in the region to reduce the potential for human-caused fire starts. These restrictions prohibit building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove. See Regional Order 20-16 (www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd810958.pdf) for additional information.
“Right now, there are three large wildfires burning on the Six Rivers. It’s critical that everyone follows these closures and restrictions for their own safety and the safety of our firefighters,” said Ted McArthur, forest supervisor for the Six Rivers National Forest. “We understand that everyone wants to get out on the forest, especially now that it’s hunting season, but we need to reduce the possibility of any new fire starts. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience with this closure.”
Fires burning partially on the Six Rivers include the Slater Fire (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7173/), Red Salmon Complex (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6891/), and August Complex (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6983/).
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