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Creek Fire Report of Investigation

The Creek Fire Report of Investigation and Exhibit 30, Origin & Cause Report are both publicly available (PDF downloads)


Sierra National Forest Fire Restrictions Effective on June 24, 2021 through November 15, 2021

The Sierra National Forest (SNF) enacted temporary fire restrictions Effective June 24, 2021. Prohibiting campfires, welding, or smoking on all public lands managed by the Forest in non-developed campsites, developed campsites and wilderness. 

See full closure order click link: Forest Order No. 05-15-00-21-20 (Order)

See full Record please click link: Forest Order No. 05-15-00-21-20 (Record


Sierra National Forest Revises Closures for select recreation sites, roads and trails  

The Sierra National Forest (SNF) has updated its Closure Order for select recreation sites, roads, and trails. Forest Order 05-15-00-21-19 will be effective on September 16, 2021 through October 15, 2021. This order supersedes Forest Order 05-15-00-21-17.

Tree mortality continues to be a significant issue on the Sierra National Forest. Federal, State and County governments are working closely with citizens and private industry to mitigate these hazards and create more resilient forests. Over the last 5 years the Forest Service and private industry have treated thousands of acres which has significantly reduced some of the threats from hazardous trees. While overall the treatments are effective, they are outpaced by a contributing number of factors. Besides the threat from falling trees, there is the potential for catastrophic wildland fire. The combination of blocked roads and fire could be deadly to anyone trying to evacuate.

Forest Order No. 05-15-00-21-19 Sierra National Forest Recreation Site, Road and Trail Closure This Order supersedes Forest Order No. 05-15-00-21-17 This Order is effective from September 16, 2021 - October 15, 2021.

See full closure order click link: Forest Order No. 05-15-00-21-19 (Order)

See full Record please click link: Forest Order No. 05-15-00-21-19 (Record

Entering or using the Developed Recreation Sites on the National Forest System, being on the National Forest System Roads, and being on the Natioal Forest System Trails lands within the Sierra National Forest
Closure Area as listed  here in (Exhibit A)


Sierra National Forest (SNF) issues Forest Order No. 05-15-51-21-21 Merced River Recreation Site, Road and Trail Closure.

The purpose of Forest Order No. 05-15-51-21-21 is to provide for public safety due to unknown hazards found in and near the Savage Lundy Trail, within the Bass Lake Ranger District. Designated recreation sites, roads, and trails in proximity and/or leading to this location will be off limits to public. This order will be effective from September 27, 2021, through October 29, 2021. The SNF will consider terminating the order early if conditions change. Forest Order 05-15-15-21-21 will supercede previous Forest Order 05-15-15-21-18. 

To view full order and related exhibits please click here: Forest Order 05-15-51-21-21, Exhibit A & Exhibit B.


Be safe when visiting the Sierra National Forest

If you plan on visiting the SNF we ask that you practice, and maintain, responsible/safe recreational practices, at all-times including:

  • Research road conditions and make sure your vehicle is mechanically ready;
  • Avoid areas with dead standing trees, look up before you choose a trail, park your car, or set your camp, always be aware of your surroundings;
  • Avoid large gatherings and maintain your physical distance while recreating;
  • Let family and friends know your plans, destination and return home, in the event of an unexpected emergency. Remember cell service in the Forest may not be available;
  • Pack out your trash and leave with everything you bring in and use; 
  • All services may not be available, so please plan accordingly, do you part.
  • For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: 
  • Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at:
  • Recreate Responsibly!

We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our national forests safe for everyone’s use.

Personal Firewood Cutting

Sierra National Forest Personal Firewood cutting Season is April 1 - November 30, 2021. To learn more about this season please follow this link to PERSONAL FIREWOOD CUTTING         

No Wood Cutting Zone Maps please click: Bass Lake Ranger District - High Sierra Ranger District

SNF District Offices have reopened for in-person services 

  • High Sierra Ranger District: (559) 855-5355 - ex.0, or 3300/3301
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 0800 - 4:30
  • Bass Lake Ranger District: (559) 877-2218 - ex.0
  • Hours: Mon - Fri 0800-4:30, Closed Sat, Sun and Holidays

The Supervisors Office remains closed and will continue to provide virtual services. We anticipate an opening for in-person services soon (date TBD).

  • Forest Supervisors Office: (559) 297-0706
  • Hours: Mon - Fri 0800-1200, Closed 1200-1:00 (Lunch), 1:00-4:30, Closed Sat-Sun and Holidays

MAPS: You can purchase Sierra National Forest Visitor Maps through our partner organization, Three Forests Interpretive Association (3FIA). The 3FIA web site is now fully functioning to sell maps click here:


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