All national forests in California to be closed for public safety

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The United State Forest Service has announced all forests in the state of California will be closed for public safety reasons.This closure goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 31. through September 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.“We do not take this decision lightly but this is the best choice for public safety,” Regional Forester Jennifer Eberlien said in a statement. “It is especially hard with the approaching Labor Day weekend, when so many people enjoy our national forests.” In a news release, the USFS said several factors led to this unprecedented closure. They hope to reduced the likelihood that visitors could become stuck on National Forest System lands during emergency circumstances.They say the closure order should decrease the potential for new fires and take the pressure off “extremely limited firefighting resources” Another factor is new fires have the potential for large and rapid-fire growth with a high risk to life and property. Also, forecasts show that conditions this season are trending the same or worse as we move into late summer and fall.And, there is a record level of fuel and fire conditions, fire behavior that is beyond the norm of the Forest Service’s experience. This year, more than 6,800 wildfires have burned 1.7 million acres across all jurisdictions in California.

The United State Forest Service has announced all forests in the state of California will be closed for public safety reasons.

This closure goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 31. through September 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

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

In a news release, the USFS said several factors led to this unprecedented closure.

They hope to reduced the likelihood that visitors could become stuck on National Forest System lands during emergency circumstances.

They say the closure order should decrease the potential for new fires and take the pressure off “extremely limited firefighting resources”

Another factor is new fires have the potential for large and rapid-fire growth with a high risk to life and property. Also, forecasts show that conditions this season are trending the same or worse as we move into late summer and fall.

And, there is a record level of fuel and fire conditions, fire behavior that is beyond the norm of the Forest Service’s experience.

This year, more than 6,800 wildfires have burned 1.7 million acres across all jurisdictions in California.

Contributed by local news sources

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