Sunday, September 19, 2021
Sunday, September 19, 2021

California National Forests still closed

All National Forests in California’s Pacific Southwest region are still closed, and will be so until at least Sept. 17. The order does not affect the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, which is not in the Pacific Southwest Region.

Forecasts show that conditions this season are trending the same or worse as we move into fall.

More than 6,800 wildfires have burned 1.7 million acres across all jurisdictions in California, and the National Wildfire Preparedness Level (PL) has been at PL 5 since July 14, only the third time in the past 20 years that the nation has reached PL 5 by mid-July – indicating the highest level of wildland fire activity.

This order affects 17 of California’s 20 national forests, which cover approximately 20 million acres:

    1. Angeles National Forest
    2. Cleveland National Forest
    3. Inyo National Forest
    4. Klamath National Forest
    5. Lassen National Forest
    6. Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
    7. Los Padres National Forest
    8. Mendocino National Forest
    9. Modoc National Forest
    10. Plumas National Forest
    11. Sequoia National Forest
    12. San Bernardino National Forest
    13. Shasta-Trinity National Forest
    14. Sierra National Forest
    15. Six Rivers National Forest
    16. Stanislaus National Forest
    17. Tahoe National Forest

Officials closed the Eldorado National Forest to visitors in mid-August due to the Caldor Fire. It will remain closed until Sep. 30.

The video below explains one major reason California and the West have experienced so many wildfires in recent times. It’s well worth watching.

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Susan RN MPH
7 days ago

The real reasons for this.

Decades of supressing fires and promoting forest monoculture.
More and more people living in fireprone areas.
Climate change.

And here’s a link for a more thorough explanation: https://www.vox.com/21430638/california-wildfires-2020-orange-sky-august-complex

The Lazy Q
7 days ago

3 reasons for this:
The main culprit is the failed government of California with their failed policies
Lousy arsonists who take glee in starting these fires and watching the destruction and are not held accountable when caught
Mother Nature capitalizing on failed government policies
Fires will happen as they always have happened which is also a way to rejuvenate the forest, this we can never fully stop, nor should we. But we can minimize the effects by proper forest management which California has not been doing for decades now. Pass the blame and assess monetary penalties pretending they are doing something is their SOP.

Traveler
7 days ago
Reply to  The Lazy Q

Every budget is going to fighting fires, not “managing “.

Tom M
7 days ago
Reply to  The Lazy Q

A lot of the forests that are burning in Calif. are National Forests controlled by the Federal Gov. not State Gov.

Theresa L Touchstone
7 days ago
Reply to  Tom M

According to https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/about-region/?cid=stelprdb5274212 – the Federal Gov. only assists the state in practicing good stewardship and quality land management.

Tom
6 days ago
Reply to  The Lazy Q

Better get your facts correct before blaming CA, most of these fires are in National Forest and that is controlled by Washington DC.

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