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Forest Service Temporarily Closes All National Forests in California

VALLEJO, Calif., September 9, 2020—Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of an additional ten National Forests, meaning all eighteen National Forests in California are now closed. The closure of the additional ten forests will be effective at 5:00 pm today. These additional forests include the Eldorado National Forest, Klamath National Forest, Lassen National Forest, Mendocino National Forest, Modoc National Forest, Six Rivers National Forest, Plumas National Forest, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Tahoe National Forest, and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. This decision will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change.

The Modoc National Forest has implemented virtual services to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with guidance from federal and state authorities.  Please call 530-233-5811 and leave a message for prompt reply between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Permits are not required for firewood collection at this time, though all other rules still apply.

The Wild Horses of the Devil's Garden


Popular Recreation Activities

Camping Rocks and Minerals Mountain Biking Fishing Hiking Hunting

More information about recreation opportunities across the forest

Need to Know

Horse Tails

Devil's Garden Wild Horses symbol.

Recently, several hundred Devil's Garden wild horses were rounded up for adoption.

In this series of short videos, different aspects of the process are covered including what people can do for the horses and why they care, what it takes to gentle a horse, an overview of an adoption day, and a special bond formed between a Forest Service employee and a wild horse in need of a home.

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Please Do Your Part

PLEASE DO YOUR PART PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING Provide space of at least 6 feet at all times during


This Is Who We Are

Forest Service Employees on the cover of small booklet

As the workforce of the Forest Service, we are the living embodiment of the agency and everything it stands for.

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What can a Devil’s Garden Horse do for you?

A man kneels eye to eye with a DG horse.

Far removed from two or three generations ago, Devil’s Garden Horses now help all ages stay connected to history, nature, relationships, responsibilities and joy.

Creative partnerships

Shows riprap rock and new culvert to allow safe vehicle crossing

Great things are happening at Modoc’s Cedar Pass Campground


Lake City Canyon cleared of debris

What can a DG Horse do for you?

In May 2019, a Lake City resident contacted Modoc National Forest personnel to voice a concern he had about the discovery of a potential issue in Lake City Canyon.

Modoc's Oldest Wildland Firefighter

Mason in firefighting gear

An institution of a man, Don Mason talks about his experiences in the Forest Service over 30 seasons. PDF version<...

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