Meadow Restoration


To all Plumas National Forest communities and visitors

Fire restrictions on public lands including campfires, outdoor BBQ's, and smoking have been lifted.

Information about burning on private land (under state jurisdiction), including obtaining online burn permits (so simple it's scary), may be found at:

All national forest lands, roads and trails near and within active and recent fires are closed to all forest activities including the Walker - map  and Bear/Claremont Fire Closure - map.

Again, no activities, including hunting and woodcutting, are allowed within any closure area across the forest. 

Dispersed camping is now allowed.

Woodcutting is allowed with a permit in open areas and if daily fire restrictions allow (1-800-847-7766).


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For more information on the North Complex (Claremont/Bear and Sheep Fires), please see and

We have lots more information about recreation opportunities across the forest!

Image of stacked split firewoodPersonal Use Firewood Permits Required – The free personal woodcutting permit program will be extended, at a minimum, through the first several months of 2021. Current permits (2020) expire December 31, 2020 (normal operations) and new permits will be required for 2021. Permits are required to be in your possession when cutting firewood. Commercial firewood cutters require permits; no green trees may be cut for commercial or personal use.

All firewood cutters must check woodcutting status daily (before 4:00 pm) prior to cutting (1-800-847-7766) as chainsaw use may be restricted or prohibited depending on daily fire restrictions.

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Plumas National Forest Recreation Sites

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With the exception of recent and current fire areas, much of the Plumas National Forest is open and hiking, biking, off-road vehicle use (stay on designated roads and trails), horseback riding, mining (with a permit), and lake fishing/boating, among many other activities, may be enjoyed. Always check Forest Closures before you visit.

Christmas Tree Permits

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Christmas trees permits may only be purchased on-line (anytime) and by mail (request must be received by Dec. 1), to cut trees through Dec. 31.

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PNF Firewood Permits

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2021 firewood permits are required, effective January 1, 2021. The permits will remain free through most of the winter (2021).

Fire use restrictions

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Fire use restrictions have been lifted for the season.


Butterfly Valley firewood gathering

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A special firewood gathering opportunity is available as part of a fuels hazard reduction project within the Butterfly Valley Botanical Area on the Plumas National Forest.

Antelope Lake Recreation Area

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The Antelope Recreation Area is open for general use but campgrounds are closed, dispersed camping is prohibited, and fire restrictions are in place. The boat launch is open.

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