Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Temporarily Closes all Forest Lands in California

Release Date: Sep 10, 2020

Contact(s): Erica Hupp 775-771-4777

Forest Order 04-17-20-15


Sparks, NV. – The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will temporarily close all lands, including backcountry and wilderness areas, located in California on the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts starting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10. All campgrounds (developed and dispersed), day use areas, trailheads, trails, and roads are closed to the public. No recreational activities will be allowed, including camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, or operating off-highway vehicles, etc.  

“Although the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is in the USDA Forest Service Intermountain Region, with this unprecedented fire situation we are aligning with the Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region’s closures for all National Forest System (NFS) lands in the state of California,” said Forest Supervisor Bill Dunkelberger. “The Pacific Southwest Region made this decision as a result of several explosive fires across the state and the historic fire danger, which has stretched fire responders to the limit.”

With the current fire activity across the west, fire resources are engaged in multiple incidents already and may not have the capacity to suppress new fire starts. With the combination of significant wind, extreme heat, and dry vegetation, any new fire will likely exhibit extreme behavior. This can create dangerous evacuation situations, especially for campers within the forest. The safety of the public and our firefighters remains our top priority, so it is important that the public follow these important closures for their safety, as well as the safety of our firefighters.

“We have also experienced this extreme type of fire behavior on the lightning-caused Slink Fire that has burned a total of 22,474 acres on the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts west of Coleville, California,” added Dunkelberger. 

This temporary emergency closure will be re-evaluated on Monday, Sept. 14, or as conditions change. People who are found guilty of violating this closure order could receive a maximum fine of $5,000 and/or six months in jail. In addition, anyone found responsible for starting a wildfire can be held civilly and criminally liable.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest thanks our partners and the public for their cooperation and understanding of this monumental fire threat. Fire officials would also like to remind visitors that the Nevada side of the Forest is in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. NO campfires are allowed anywhere on the Forest, including within developed campgrounds, day use areas, and dispersed camping areas.

The one million-acre Bridgeport Ranger District has 375,721 acres in Mono County in California, while the 400,000-acre Carson Ranger District has a total of 270,260 acres in Alpine, Nevada, Lassen, and Sierra Counties in California.