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Closure Information

The Eldorado National Forest will be re-opening some recreation opportunities on the forest as of Saturday, September 19, at 8:00 a.m. when the Regional Emergency Forest Closure Order 20-13 is rescinded for nine forests, including the Eldorado, due to the moderation in fire weather. Each forest is implementing their own forest specific Forest Order to address the continuing fire danger and recreation concerns.  The Eldorado is limiting camping to developed campgrounds.  In addition, the Eldorado has implemented an emergency fire closure area for the Fork Fire, this includes many facilities within the Crystal Basin Recreation Area.The key points that forest visitors should know are:

  • No Overnight Camping in dispersed areas - Forest Order 03-20-15 prohibits camping forest-wide except for designated developed campgrounds. This includes both the Desolation and Mokelumne Wilderness areas.
  • Developed Camping – Camping in designated developed open campgrounds will be allowed. At this time of year, many campgrounds are beginning to close for the season. Additional campgrounds located within the Fork Fire closure area are closed.  Check the Campground Status page to determine which facilities are open.
  • Regional Fire Closure: The prohibition of the use of any ignition source on all National Forest System lands (campfires, gas stoves, etc.) throughout California remains in place.
  • Forest Access – All Forest System lands, roads and trails will be open, except for those included within the Fork Fire closure area.
  • Day Use – Day Use facilities, such as picnic areas and trailheads, will be open except for those facilities that are collocated with a campground that is closed for the season or located within the Fork Fire closure area. Day hiking in the Desolation and Mokelumne Wilderness areas is allowed.
  • Recreation Residences and Resorts – Open.

Fork Fire Update

The fire is located off Wentworth Springs Road. north of Gerle Creek Reservoir.

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Continuing our service to you while doing our part to address the COVID-19 Pandemic is very important. This page contains the links to related documents and websites for the Eldorado NF, federal, state and local governments that pertain to this forest.


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