Due to dangerous fire conditions, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Regional Forester, Randy Moore, has just announced (see attached) that ALL National Forests in California will close today at 5 p.m. until further notice. This order includes the CA/NV sides of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
VALLEJO, Calif., September 9, 2020 – Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout
the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of an
additional ten National Forests, meaning all eighteen National Forests in California are now closed. The
closure of the additional ten forests will be effective at 5:00 pm today. These additional forests include
the Eldorado National Forest, Klamath National Forest, Lassen National Forest, Mendocino National
Forest, Modoc National Forest, Six Rivers National Forest, Plumas National Forest, Shasta-Trinity
National Forest, Tahoe National Forest, and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. This decision will be
re-evaluated daily as conditions change.
We had closed eight National Forests on Monday evening, Sept. 7, 2020. Explosive growth of fires
throughout California during the day and late evening of Sept. 8th led to this updated decision.
“The number of large fires and extreme fire behavior we are seeing across the State is historic,” said
Regional Forester Randy Moore. “These temporary closures are necessary to protect the public and our
firefighters, and we will keep them in place until conditions improve and we are confident that National
Forest visitors can recreate safely. I ask all Californians and visitors to take these closures and
evacuations seriously for their own safety and to allow our firefighters to focus on the mission of safely
suppressing these fires .”
The Forest Service thanks our partners and the public for their cooperation and understanding of this
monumental fire threat. It is critical that all Californians and national forest visitors follow these
important closures and restrictions for their own safety and the safety of our firefighters. Citizens with
specific questions within their area may call their local forests for more information.
The Forest Service manages 18 National Forests in the Pacific Southwest Region, which encompasses
over 20 million acres across California, and assists forest landowners in California, Hawaii and the U.S.
Affiliated Pacific Islands. National forests supply 50 percent of the water in California and form the
watershed of most major aqueducts and more than 2,400 reservoirs throughout the state. For more
information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R5.