USFS Closes All California National Forests

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Re: USFS Closes All California National Forests -Open the 23

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Los Padres National Forest will re-open to the public September 23

SOLVANG, Calif.— Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that the forest-wide closure
that took effect August 31 will expire at midnight tonight, re-opening public access to Forest
campgrounds, roads and trails beginning tomorrow, September 23. Fire restrictions banning wood and
charcoal fires remain in effect throughout the Forest, however these restrictions have been modified to
allow the use of portable lanterns and stoves with a shut-off valve in both developed campgrounds and
dispersed sites by visitors with a valid California Campfire Permit.

The forest-wide closures on the other three Southern California national forests – Angeles, Cleveland and
San Bernardino – will also expire tonight with modified or updated fire use restrictions.

More than 7,400 wildfires have burned approximately 2.25 million acres across all jurisdictions in
California this year. As of Sept. 20, the national preparedness level has been lowered to Preparedness
Level 4 (PL4); the Northern California Geographic Area was also lowered to PL4 while the Southern
California Geographic Area remains at PL4. Los Padres National Forest continues to monitor conditions
on the forest for public and firefighter safety as the potential danger continues for high-intensity fires and
large fire growth.

Los Padres officials wish to thank the public for the patience and understanding that has been shown
during this challenging fire season. For more information, please visit the Forest website at

Re: USFS Closes All California National Forests

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Closure extended to the 23rdh
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USFS Closes All California National Forests

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The Pacific Southwest Region is temporarily closing all National Forests in order to better provide for public and firefighter safety due to extreme fire conditions throughout the state, and strained firefighting resources throughout the country. This closure will be effective on Tuesday August 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. through September 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. By temporarily reducing the number of visitors during this extreme threat, this closure will minimize the likelihood that visitors could become trapped on National Forest System lands during emergency circumstances, decrease the potential for new fire starts at a time of extremely limited firefighting resources, and enhance firefighter and community safety by limiting exposure that occurs in public evacuation situations, especially as COVID-19 continues to impact human health and strain hospital resources.

This closure include the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Areas of Los Padres National Forest. Here are links to the closure order and news release: ... 949154.pdf ... 949153.pdf
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