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Stanislaus National Forest Terminates Fire Restrictions

Sonora, Calif. — October 25, 2021.  A combination of recent rain, snow, and cooler temperatures has reduced the overall fire danger within the Stanislaus National Forest, enabling termination of the fire restrictions that were put into place across the entire Forest back in August and updated on October 22, 2021. Click here for the full press release.

Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor Jason Kuiken says “Temperatures have decreased and the moisture content is higher, so I have decided to terminate the high and moderate fire hazard restrictions on the Stanislaus National Forest.”  The reduced fire restrictions don’t mean people shouldn’t be careful when enjoying a campfire, Kuiken said. “When camping with a campfire on the forest, visitors must have a campfire permit with them, and we encourage them to responsibly make sure every fire is dead out before leaving it unattended.”

Visitors are reminded to remain aware of their surroundings on the Forest as conditions can deteriorate rapidly this time of the year. 

October 2021 Know Before You Go! Weather is changing quickly. Check Caltrans for information about Highway conditions. You can also find information by visiting the Caltrans Facebook page.  

Forest Road and Trail Closures December 15 2021 - April 14, 2022

Sonora, Calif. — December 2, 2021.  Seasonal closures of some National Forest System roads and trails that are designated for motor vehicle use pursuant to 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 212.51 begin on December 15 and will remain in effect through April 14, 2022.

The free Stanislaus National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map, or MVUM, indicates which National Forest roads and trails are subject to the seasonal closure.  This map may be downloaded by visiting the Stanislaus National Forest Maps webpage at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/stanislaus/maps-pubs. Free paper copies of the MVUMs are available at one of our Ranger District offices or the Forest Supervisors office.

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Additional Information

Christmas Tree Permit Information, November 2021: Please be advised that cutting a Christmas tree in the Stanislaus National Forest is prohibited and permits are not available for this use.  There are several Christmas Tree Farms in the area and several National Forest in California that do sell permits. Visit www.Recreation.gov to purchase a Christmas Tree permit at a National Forest near you. 

CAL FIRE effective October 25, 2021 the burn suspension in the Tuolumne / Calaveras unit is lifted. Those possessing a current and valid burn permit can now resume burning. To acquire a permit access the Burn Permit Website. Or you can call 209-754-3831. 

Prescribed burn plans announced for the Experimental Forest and Mi-Wok Ranger District: News releases for prescribed burn plans on South Fork on the Mi-Wok Ranger District and the Experimental Forest on the Summit Ranger District are located in the News & Alerts section of the website. In addition, maps for both burn notices are included with the news release.

May 4, 2021—Lumsden Road accessible weekdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and weekends from 7 a.m. to dusk. Be prepared for construction delays.  Read more about the Mountain Tunnel Improvements Project.

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October 25, 2021 Fire Restrictions have been terminated for the remainder of the year.

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Forest Supervisor's Notes


Photo of Jason KuikenForest Supervisor Jason Kuiken believes there is nothing more critical to maintaining good relationships than communication. Residents, communities and ranger districts share a dedication to keeping the forest healthy, but sometimes Forest Service procedures and actions may not be clearly understood by those outside the agency. Jason is committed to engaging the community by sharing information about some of the actions being undertaken on the forest. Jason will post a series of notes highlighting some of the vital activities that go into regaining a healthy forest. Read Jason's notes.

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