Alerts & Notices

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Forest Service Extends Closure Orders and Fire Restrictions in California

VALLEJO, Calif., September 24, 2020—The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region announces that current closure orders and fire prohibitions in California have been extended. This decision will be evaluated daily, taking fire and weather conditions into account. The fire prohibition includes building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove.

Contact Information

If you are impacted by the National Forest Closures in Region 5, please direct your questions to local contacts:

Safety First

Safety FirstBecause of the large land base covered by the state of California, many unforeseen dangers present unpredictable challenges for our visitors.

Information related to forest orders, road closures, traffic conditions, weather reports, avalanche advisories, and more can be found in the "Alerts & Notices" section of all websites for the National Forests in California.

Please take a few moments to read through the current alerts and notices of the National Forests in California.

 

Watch Out for Falling Trees

Watch out for falling trees!An Ongoing Alert for heightened danger from falling dead trees remains in effect in many areas of the National Forests. While the 2017 winter/spring brought record precipitation in many areas, over 100 million trees killed or weakened by previous drought and bark beetles remain a falling hazard.

Please be cautious when visiting National Forests, especially in the southern and central Sierra Nevada, where mortality has been highest.

Be vigilant of possible hazards and remember the Watch Out tips. Trees can fall anywhere at any time.

When planning a trip to the National Forest, please contact the local Ranger District for more information on areas of heightened danger from tree mortality. Thank you and have a safe and fun visit to the National Forests.

Current Wildland Fire Information

The map below is produced by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group and is hosted on the National Fire Situational Awareness page, where users may access the map in a full browser view. Additional incident specific information can be accessed at InciWeb.

Regional Orders

For all forests in Region 5 (California)
Order Quick Subject Download Options Expires
Regional Order No. 20-17: Emergency Forest Closure. Public Safety Accessible Version 30 September 2020
Regional Order No. 20-16: Emergency Fire Restrictions. Public Safety Accessible Version 30 September 2020
Regional Order No. 20-05: National Forest System Roads. Public Safety Accessible Version 15 July 2025
Regional Order No. 20-04: Using an explosive/combustion engine. Public Safety Original   29 May 2022
Regional Order No. 19-01: National Forest System Roads. Off-Highway Use Restrictions Original Accessible Version 31 August 2021
Regional Order No. 19-02: Using an explosive/combustion engine. Public Safety Original Accessible Version 30 September 2021
Regional Order No. 19-03: Possession of an alcoholic beverage. Public Safety Original Accessible Version 3 October 2021

Features

InciWeb

InciWeb logo

InciWeb is an interagency website that provides 'one-stop shopping' for incident information to internal and external audiences. It's primarily used for wildfires, prescribed fires and fire-related incidents.

InciWeb is a source for incident and contact information, news releases, closure information, photos, maps and videos for incidents that occur on federal, state, tribal and local jurisdictions.

Spotlights

Outdoor Safety & Ethics

There are many exciting adventures awaiting your visit to a national forest: safety of visitors is the number one concern of the US Forest Service!

SmokeyBear.com

Smokey Bear

The Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention (CFFP) Program, commonly known as the Smokey Bear Program, was created to maintain public awareness of the need to prevent human caused wildfires.

 




Predictive Services: Northern California Geographic Area Coordination Center

Predictive Services

The Operations Northern California Center (ONCC) is a fully functional cooperative organization that includes representation from multiple agencies.

Predictive Services: Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Center

Predictive Services

The center provides logistical support and intelligence for wildfires in Southern California and logistical support for other non-fire disasters.




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