All California national forests close: What you need to know

By Los Angeles Times

With public lands throughout California menaced by wildfires and dismal air quality, state and federal officials have closed dozens of state parks and plan to close all national forests, including many that recently emerged from coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

At 5 p.m. today, all 18 national forests closed access to more than 20 million acres across California because of “unprecedented and historic fire conditions.” Campgrounds, trails, picnic areas and roads shut to visitors until further notice, according to a U.S. Forest Service news release.

“These temporary closures are necessary to protect the public and our firefighters, and we will keep them in place until conditions improve and we are confident that national forest visitors can recreate safely,” regional forester Randy Moore said in the release.