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PLACERVILLE, Calif. September 7, 2020 – In addition to the emergency closures and the fire ban announced for California national forests earlier today, the Eldorado National Forest is one of 5 forests Northern California included in Regional Order No. 20-09 which was issued this evening, and prohibits all camping except in wilderness areas and within 500 feet of the Pacific Crest Trail. This order is effective beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020, for the Eldorado National Forest, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Lassen National Forest, Plumas National Forest, and Tahoe National Forest. 

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“These are extreme circumstances,” said Forest Supervisor Jeff Marsolais. “We have a Red Flag wind event in the forecast with vegetation conditions that are as flammable as they were during the 2014 King Fire. That fire ran 15 miles and burned over 50 thousand acres in a single day. Resources will be scarce with so many other large wildfires in California right now.”

The temporary closures of developed campgrounds, recreation sites, and dispersed camping, as well as the temporary fire ban that prohibits all campfires regardless of ignition source or location, will be reevaluated as conditions change.

For more information, visit the Eldorado National Forest at www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado.