The Forest Service has restricted motorized use by off-highway vehicles such as ATVs and motorcycles in the Sugar Pine OHV area on the American River Ranger District just outside of the community of Foresthill. The town of Foresthill has received over 14.3 inches of rain since October 2014. This closure went into effect December 03, 2014 and will remain in place until conditions dry sufficiently to protect all resources when motorized use resumes.
As of December 1, the 2014 Fuelwood Season for the Truckee and Sierraville Ranger Districts is closed. The ranger stations in Truckee and Sierraville will no longer be selling permits for this year, and cutting or gathering of fuelwood on those districts is prohibited.
Those already in possession of a Tahoe National Forest 2014 Fuelwood Permit can still use any remaining tags for cutting and gathering on the Yuba River and American River Ranger Districts, depending on weather and any restrictions posted on the fuelwood hotlines, until permits expire on December 31.
Please remember that driving on wet forest roads can cause damages to the road and the watershed, and you could be cited for resource damage. Also, dirt roads can become dangerously slippery, so it's safest to stick to the pavement during this wet weather. As of the morning of December 3, the latest storm has already acumulated nearly 2.5 inches of rain at the station on Highway 20!
The Western States Trail is closed from the east side of Deadwood Ridge at the well and across the canyon up to the Pacific Slab Mine. The closure is temporary as the logging on Deadwood Ridge progresses. The closure will last approximately one month. Updates will be available on the American River Ranger District phone recording.
The Deep Creek Road (#89-015) off Hwy 89 south, near Goose Meadows campground, is closed for resource protection Aug. 19 to Sept. 15, 2014, and from Nov. 1, 2014, to Sept. 15, 2015. This is per Forest Order # 17-14-05.
Regional Foresters and Forest Supervisors may issue orders that will close or restrict the use of certain areas if the need arises. Such orders will be posted so that visitors to the National Forest can reasonably be expected to be familiar with them. Copies of the orders will be available in the offices of Forest Supervisors and District Rangers. Follow the link listed above to view and read the Forest Orders.