Clovis Calif., – The Sierra National Forest (SNF) announces the closure extension of select recreation sites, roads and trails.
Closure Order No. 05-15-00-21-02 SNF Recreation Site, Road and Trail Closure supersedes previous Closure Order No. 05-15-00-21-01 SNF Developed Recreation and Trail Closure.
For clarity and simplification we’re issuing this order to protect the public from hazards within the SNF as a result of the existing tree mortality and associated hazards due to the recent Creek Fire and Mono Wind event, the net result will be a significant amount of acreage that will be opened. This order will be in effect from February 04, 2021 – March 19, 2021.
In 2016, the Sierra Nevada Range endured a significant amount of tree die-off as result of drought conditions and bark beetle infestation. The following year, in 2017, the Sierra National Forest received a significant amount of rain, snow, and winds resulting in a large volume of fallen trees.
Several wildfires since, including the most recent Creek Fire of 2020, left much devastation consisting of dead standing trees, erosion, slides and damage to various designated recreational sites.
With nearly 400,000 Creek Fire acres burned forest-wide, personnel have commenced with several projects to repair and treat the damages, in order to provide a safe environment to the visiting public. With the recent Mono Wind event and winter storms, Forest personnel have been addressing the damage to National Forest System roads, trails and developed recreation sites.
Until restoration projects are complete, several recreational sites, roads and trails will remain closed in order to protect the public from hazards associated with occupancy in direct proximity of dead standing trees, which could result in property damage and/or injury. Their closures will be accomplished with signs and/or barricades and monitored by law enforcement personnel.
Seasonally designated roads and trails open to the public will be accessible in accordance with the Sierra National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map.
If you plan on visiting the SNF we ask that you practice, and maintain, responsible/safe recreational practices, at all-times including:
- Research winter road conditions and make sure your vehicle is snow 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, in the event of an emergency;
- Pack out your trash and leave with everything you bring in and use;
- All services may not be available, so please plan accordingly.
- Recreate responsibly.
We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our national forests safe for everyone’s use.