Alerts & Notices

Most of Klamath National Forest reopens October 1, 2020.

Yreka, California October 1, 2020 —The USDA Forest Service Order closing the Klamath National Forest has expired.


Three areas on Klamath National Forest will remain closed through October 31, 2020 due to ongoing wildfires.  

The areas surrounding four active wildfires on the Forest, however, will remain closed through October 31, 2020.  Forest Order 20-05-24 closes areas, roads, and trails around the Slater, Devil, Red-Salmon, and Fox fires from October 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020.

Slater-Devil Fire Area Closure map

Fox Fire Area Closure map

Red-Salmon Complex Fire Area Closure map

All campfires are still prohibited through October 30, 2020. 

The USDA Forest Service Emergency Order prohibiting all fires, campfires and smoking on the Klamath National Forest has been extended through October 30, 2020.

The Order allows visitors to use a portable lantern or stove using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel within an open developed recreation site.

Klamath National Forest reopens some developed recreation sites October 1, 2020.  

The Klamath National Forest on October 1 will reopen nineteen (19) its developed recreation sites, all trailheads outside the wildfire closure areas, all river access sites outside the wildfire closure areas, and both OHV areas. Forest Order 20-05-23 will be in effect from October 1 to October 18. This Forest Order closes the remainder of the Forest’s developed recreation sites. See a full list of open and closed sites on our recreation conditions report page.




  • All fires and campfires prohibited through October 30, 2020.
  • Fire Restrictions in place from 5/30 - 11/1/2020


  • Critical Wildfire area closures through October 31, 2020.
  • Klamath National Forest closes lookouts through 10/31/2020
  • River Trail (5244) Closure


Road and Driving Conditions

Driving on roads and highways in the National Forests of California can be a pleasant adventure or it can be frustrating, tiring, and sometimes even hazardous.  For current road conditions anywhere in California, call 1-800-427-7623 or visit the Cal Trans web site.

Public Notices

Forest Orders

Federal agencies operate under the U.S. Code and the Code of Federal Regulations. These laws guide our policies and how we manage national forests and grasslands.

Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulation 261.50 (a) gives each Forest Supervisor the authority to issue orders which close or restrict use of the of described areas within the area over which he/she has jurisdiction. An order may close an area to entry or may restrict the use of an area by applying any or all of the prohibitions authorized in Title 36, Part 261, Subpart B, of the Code of Federal Regulations.

The current orders for the Klamath National Forest are posted so that visitors can reasonably be expected to be familiar with them.  See list of Current Forest Orders