Monday, December 4, 2023


All National Forests in California closed by wildfires until at least Sept 17

All 17 U.S. National Forests in California have been ordered closed due to either active fires or the threat of new fires. The closure order became effective Sept. 1 and will last at least until September 17.

“We do not take this decision lightly but this is the best choice for public safety,” said Regional Forester Jennifer Eberlien in a news release. “It is especially hard with the approaching Labor Day weekend, when so many people enjoy our national forests.”

The Pacific Crest Trail throughout all the affected forests is also closed. On Monday, the Pacific Crest Trail Association advised all hikers in those areas, “If you are out there now, it’s time to start walking out to the trailhead.”

This order does not affect national parks such as Yosemite or state parks such as Anza-Borrego Desert and El Capitan Beach. It also doesn’t affect the Eldorado, Humboldt-Toiyabe and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests.

The order does affect 17 of California’s national forests, which cover approximately 20 million acres, including:

  • Angeles National Forest
  • Cleveland National Forest
  • Inyo National Forest
  • Klamath National Forest
  • Lassen National Forest
  • Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
  • Los Padres National Forest
  • Mendocino National Forest
  • Modoc National Forest
  • Plumas National Forest
  • Sequoia National Forest
  • San Bernardino National Forest
  • Shasta-Trinity National Forest
  • Sierra National Forest
  • Six Rivers National Forest
  • Stanislaus National Forest
  • Tahoe National Forest


Mike Gast
Mike Gast
Mike Gast was the vice president of Communications for Kampgrounds of America Inc. for 20 years before retiring in 2021. He also enjoyed a long newspaper career, working as a writer and editor at newspapers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, and Montana. He and his wife, Lori Lyon, now own and operate the Imi Ola Group marketing company, focusing on the outdoor industry.



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Sink Jaxon (@guest_141704)
2 years ago

Reason number 138 to never visit California, and still counting…

Susan RN MPH (@guest_141749)
2 years ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

Please don’t visit. We already have too many tourists and I don’t want to share RV space with them.

Lee Ensminger (@guest_262122)
13 days ago
Reply to  Susan RN MPH

More than happy to comply…

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