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Reminder to Practice Winter Recreation Safety Ahead of MLK Weekend

January 13, 2022. With record-breaking snow accumulation throughout the state, all visitors to California’s National Forests should plan ahead and ensure your vehicles are snow ready as road conditions may impact access heading into Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. Visitors are encouraged to follow the Recreate Responsibility mantra which encourages people to Plan Before You […]

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Eldorado NF Emergency Closure continues through Sept. 30th as Forest Service reopens other Forests in CA

The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region will end the regional closure order affecting most National Forests in California at 11:59 pm today — Wednesday, Sept. 15 — two days prior to the original end date of Sept. 17. This change does not apply to the emergency closure order for the Eldorado National Forest which […]

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Forest Service Ending Regional Closure Order Two Days Early; Five Forests to Remain Closed Under Local Orders

The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region will end the regional closure order affecting National Forests in California at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 15, two days prior to the original end date of Sept. 17. However, forest-wide closures will remain in place and be extended until midnight on September 22nd on the Los Padres, […]

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USDA Forest Service Mourns the Passing of Two Employees, Firefighting Heroes

USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5) mourns the passing of two of our agency’s “family members” and heroes in the firefighting community – Allen Johnson and Marcus Pacheco. Losing any member of our Forest Service family is a heartbreak for each one of us – let alone two in a week. Words cannot […]

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US Forest Service Temporarily Closing All California National Forests for Public Safety

To better provide public and firefighter safety due to the ongoing California wildfire crisis, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of all National Forests in California. This closure will be in effect from Aug. 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. through September 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. This order does not […]

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USDA Forest Service Temporarily Closes Nine Northern California National Forests for Public Safety, Joining Eldorado NF

VALLEJO, Calif. — To better provide public and firefighter safety due to extreme fire conditions throughout northern California, and strained firefighting resources throughout the country, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of nine National Forests. This closure will be effective at August 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. through September […]

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USDA Forest Service Reminds Californians that Fireworks are Prohibited on National Forests Ahead of July 4 Weekend

ALLEJO, Calif. — June 30, 2021. From the recent enactment of Juneteenth as a federal holiday to the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, Americans have long visited their local national forest to celebrate significant U.S. milestones. Holiday weekends can be an active time for fire starts, and it goes without saying that fireworks are prohibited […]

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USFS Cancels Campground Closures on Remaining National Forests in California

VALLEJO, Calif. January 28, 2021 – The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region canceled the remaining developed campground closures on National Forests.  Regional Orders 21-1 and 21-3 are linked within. The Pacific Southwest Region’s eighteen National Forests align with the state of California’s zones as follows: Southern – San Bernardino, Los Padres, Cleveland, Angeles, Inyo […]

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A Reminder to Recreate Responsibly During MLK Weekend and Amidst the Ongoing Pandemic

VALLEJO, Calif. January 14, 2021 – The USDA Forest Service and California State Parks invite Californians to do their part to ensure safe and healthy outdoor experiences during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend and amidst the ongoing pandemic. Simple actions such as staying local, planning ahead, and following social distancing guidelines, can increase […]

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USFS Closes Developed Campgrounds on Eldorado, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Plumas, and Tahoe National Forests

VALLEJO, Calif. December 11, 2020 – USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has decided to close developed campgrounds on four additional National Forests in California to provide consistent COVID-19 mitigation response in accordance with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Stay-at-Home Orders. The Sacramento Region is being added to the Stay-at-Home Order and, in turn, developed campgrounds will […]

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Winter is Approaching: A Reminder to Recreate Responsibly on National Forests

With winter just around the corner, all visitors to California’s National Forests should continue to plan ahead before visiting and recreate responsibly once there. Early snowfall has already begun on some forests and road conditions will begin to impact access so please ensure that your vehicle is snow ready before you go.   Visitors are […]

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Forest Service Temporarily Closes All National Forests in California

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 […]

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U.S. Army joining USDA Forest Service Wildland Fire Operations in California

August 31, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, and the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) have coordinated with the Department of Defense for the deployment of approximately 200 active-duty soldiers, to include command staff, to help with wildfire suppression efforts in Northern California. The soldiers are due to arrive early this week […]

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Prescribed fire operations resume on National Forests

VALLEJO, Calif. May 1, 2020 – The Pacific Southwest Region is moving forward with prescribed fire operations as conditions and resources permit. Previously, the region had postponed prescribed fires to reduce potential smoke impacts to communities while public health officials considered the interactions of smoke with COVID-19 effects; and to ensure our emergency response resources were […]

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Forest Service closes developed recreation sites in California until April 30

VALLEJO, Calif. March 26, 2020 – USDA Forest Service appreciates the public’s interest in outdoor recreation, particularly in light of current events. The Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service, in response to the recent statewide shelter-in-place order issued by the Governor of California, is joining the cause to aggressively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 […]

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USDA Forest Service and the Vallejo Naval and historical Museum presents, “RiverBorne”

Postcard by Ian Ruther VALLEJO, Calif. September 18, 2018 – The USDA Forest Service is partnering with the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum to present an art exhibition, RiverBorne, featuring the work of California artist Ian Ruhter. His large-scale one-of-a-kind images are captured with his camera truck, which he built nine years ago with his […]

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French Meadows project on the Tahoe National Forest is on course to accelerate forest restoration and reduce forest fuels

January 30, 2018 – What improvements in water security do we receive as a side-benefit of accelerating the pace and scale of forest restoration? That was the question. The selection of the French Meadows restoration project was the answer. Looking at a map of the fire history for the upper watershed of the Middle Fork of the […]

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New partnership will accelerate much needed restoration work on California national forests

VALLEJO, Calif. January 3, 2018 – Did you know that 50 percent of California’s water supply, which is the equivalent of 7.5 times the volume of Shasta Lake, originates on national forests? This critical water source provides Californians with clean and abundant water for drinking, irrigation, energy, and recreation, yet decades of aggressive fire suppression […]