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COVID-19 and your National Forest

Although our front desks are closed to the public, you may contact our Ranger Districts with your questions. Please do not call the Stanislaus Dispatch with recreation questions. Dispatch is for fire emergencies only.

Office Information

Forest Supervisor's Office

Phone services Mon-Fri,
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Groveland Ranger District

Phone services Mon-Fri,
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Calaveras Ranger District

Phone services Mon-Fri,
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summit Ranger District

Phone services Mon-Fri,
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please avoid visiting National Forests if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the Forest.

Please select any of the following topics to learn more about our COVID-19 response.


Updated Oct. 22, 2020: Regional Forester Randy Moore signed Regional Order 20-23, Emergency Fire Restrictions, extending fire restrictions for all California national forests due to the extreme fire danger through Oct.30.  

Fire restrictions remain in effect at all elevations on the Stanislaus National Forest. There were no additional revisions to the new regional fire restrictions; visitors are allowed to use propane and gas stoves in developed recreation sites only. Developed recreation sites are defined as areas which have been improved or developed for recreation, such as campgrounds and day use sites. Stoves remain prohibited in all dispersed camping and wilderness areas on the Stanislaus National Forest.

Updated Oct. 16, 2020: Forest Supervisor Jason Kuiken signed Forest Order STF-16-2020-22, Temporary Camping, Occupancy and Use Restrictions, which prohibits recreational target shooting and dispersed camping in the moderate and high fire hazard areas on the forest, but opens the forest for day use between sunrise and sunset, and allows camping in open developed campgrounds.

Hunters with valid California Fish & Wildlife permits and tags are authorized to hunt in permitted zones. Be aware that campfires and campstoves are not allowed, except in open developed recreation sites. Know where your permitted zones are before you travel to the forest. View forest map and hunting zones (note there is no hunting allowed in Yosemite National Park). 

The current forest order outlines allowed activities on the forest based on the three fire hazard zones normally in use for fire restrictions. View the forest order and map for hazard area locations.

For an explanation of what is prohibited and allowed by the forest order, read our Forest Order Fact Sheet.

Visit to view the regional orders and other supporting documents. Get answers about fire restrictions, closures and how hunting is impacted during this regional closure by reading our regional FAQs.

Most of California remains under the threat of unprecedented and dangerous fire conditions with a combination of extreme heat, significant wind events, dry conditions, and firefighting resources that are stretched to the limit. Due to these conditions, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing the temporary closure and increased fire restrictions to provide for public safety and reduce the potential for human caused fire starts.

Air quality is directly related to the amount of smoke in the air and prevailing winds. Currently the Stanislaus National Forest and surrounding communities are experiencing periods of unhealthy air quality. Before traveling to the forest, visitors are encouraged to check on any active fires in the area at for federal fire incidents, or for any CalFire incidents. In addition, due to the many active fires you may find very smoky conditions across the forest, so we recommend you check the local air quality at

Finally, many visitors are not practicing good stewardship and are not taking all their trash with them when they leave. Please bring large trash bags and PACK OUT EVERYTHING YOU BRING WITH YOU! If you find that trash dumpsters are full, please take your trash bags with you and dispose of them at home, or in a dumpster or trash can that isn't overflowing. 

Dispersed camping takes a lot more effort than camping in a developed campground, but for those with an adventurous spirit, it can be a lot of fun. Be a responsible visitor and practice Leave No Trace principles, including Plan Ahead & Prepare; Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces (No Overnight Camping at trailhead or along trail); Dispose of Waste Properly (Pack it In, Pack it Out) Leave What You Find; Minimize Campfire Impacts; Respect Wildlife and Be Considerate of Other Visitors. For additional tips and suggestions, visit

Updated Aug. 31, 2020: Attention backpackers and hikers in the Emigrant Wilderness! Read some important info about water sources before you head to the back country in the drop-down section titled Wilderness Permits below.

 While visiting the forest, stay alert for any fire conditions and be prepared to react quickly if you are contacted by firefighters. Remember that due to critical fire conditions there are NO FIRES allowed anywhere on the forest except in developed campgrounds. Do your part and help keep our forest healthy!


Logo for 3 Forests Interpretive AssociationUpdated July 23, 2020: Are you looking for a Stanislaus National Forest map during our virtual services? Our partner, 3 Forests Interpretive Association, or 3FIA, offers National Forest Visitor Maps for sale online! Learn more about other online map tools.


2021 Temporary Hiring for fire and non-fire positions begins Oct. 30

The Stanislaus National Forest is seeking qualified applicants to fill temporary, full-time positions for the 2021 field season. Vacancy announcements will be posted to the USAJobs website ( on October 30, 2020 and will close on November 10, 2020.  

Positions we will be hiring include fire suppression forestry technician (engine, handcrew, helitack) (GS 3, 4 and 5 fire suppression positions); general recreation forestry technician; OHV recreation technician; archaeological technician; and general laborer road crew.

View the 2021 Fire Temporary Hire Outreach with position announcement numbers

View the 2021 Non-Fire Temporary Hire Outreach with position announcement numbers

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.

A Public Safety Power Shutoff may affect your next trip to the Stanislaus National Forest!

In May 2019, Pacific Gas & Electric Company announced its plan to shutoff, and later restore, power if necessary due to extreme weather and wildfire danger.  Sometime during the fire season, your planned visit to the Stanislaus National Forest may be impacted if your visit coincides with a PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff. Learn more about preparing for your forest visit during a power shutoff.

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