North Fork, CA – The Sierra National Forest (SNF) Bass Lake Ranger District and Madera County Sheriff’s Office will allow individuals to enter temporarily to clean out and close cabins for the winter, in the Arnolds Meadow Community and Beasore Meadows Community.
For those who have already submitted their request you will not need to re-submit. All applicants will be required to bring with them two forms of identification, a valid driver’s license/identification and proof of property ownership (electric bill, or property deed).
The SNF will allow escorted access each for the following areas within the Bass Lake Ranger District, access will only be allowed by permit and only to the following locations:
October 7th – 10th, 2020 into Arnold Meadows Community:
- October 7th, 2020 – Meeting location for escort by Madera County Sheriff’s Office and Sierra National Forest will be 9:00am at Madera County Fire Station #11, old mill site at Douglas Station Road.
- October 10th, 2020 – Ending time of permit is 3:00pm, to be escorted out of area.
- This permit is only good for access to and from the Arnold Meadows Community and does not allow access to any other area within the Sierra National Forest. Access to other forest areas remains restricted per Forest Closure Order No. 05-15-00-20-15
October 8th – 11th, 2020 into Beasore Meadows Community:
- October 8th, 2020 – Meeting location for escort by Madera County Sheriff’s Office and Sierra National Forest will be 9:00am at Madera County Courthouse Bass Lake, Road 274.
- October 11th, 2020 – Ending time of permit is 3:00pm, to be escorted out of area.
- This permit is only good for access to and from the Beasore Meadows Community and does not allow access to any other area within the Sierra National Forest. Access to other forest areas remains restricted per Forest Closure Order No. 05-15-00-20-15
Trash services will not be provided, it will be the responsibility of each party to be prepared to pack out their own trash. Please leave no trace!
The time frames allotted will be strictly enforced, and should be used for the purpose intended, SNF law enforcement along with the sheriff’s office will sweep the area to be sure that no parties are deciding to recreate, loiter, or observe the burned areas of the Creek Fire.
To obtain more information regarding this and the permitting process please go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sierra/home/?cid=fseprd815384, there you will find a page with all forms necessary as well as an email address to forward all requests.
Due to an overwhelming response it is requested that the following form be filled out – Madera County BLRD Restricted Access Permit FS7700-48 and sent to the following email address SM.FS.email@example.com
Individuals without an official permit will not be granted access.
The High Sierra Ranger District, will continue their process for re-entry this weekend October 10th & 11th 2020.
The SNF will allow roadblock access each of the two days from 7am – 1pm, If individuals arrive after 1pm access will not be permitted. The check-in for these days will be staged at each of the roadblock access points to areas where entry is to be made for that day.
October 10th & 11th, 2020 Access will be allowed by permit to the following locations:
- From 7am – 5pm Access… McKinley Grove to Wishon to Courtright Roads.
- From 7am – 5pm Access… Dinkey and Rock Creek areas
- From 7am – 7pm Access… Huntington Lake and Camp Sierra areas.