Closure Lifted By 75%: September 10, 2013
Incident: Forks Complex (includes Butler Fire ) Wildfire
Emergency Closure Area ReductionYreka CA—Less fire activity in the Salmon River Complex and the southern portion of the Butler Fire enabled downsizing the amount of Klamath National Forest land included in the Emergency Closure Order. Approximately 75% less land is affected by the new closure order compared to the size when wildfires were most active. Effective September 10 2013 more National Forest land is now open for hunting recreation and firewood gathering. The purpose of the remaining temporary closure is to protect public safety while there are still active pockets of fire within the containment lines and fire fighters continue mop up and suppression repair work. It is important for Forest visitors to be aware of the areas included in the new closure order. A map and description of the closed area is available at Klamath National Forest offices in Yreka Fort Jones Happy Camp and Macdoel CA; as well as online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5430601.pdf Forest visitors should also be aware of the new Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) governing use of motorized vehicles on the Klamath National Forest. Cross-country travel is closed forest-wide. Motorized access is allowed only on open roadways and within 30-feet from the edge of open roadways for parking and camping. The Motor Vehicle Use Maps are the easiest way to learn which roads are open for which type of vehicles. Maps are available online at the forest Website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/klamath/home/ cid=stelprdb5404649 Maps are also available in hard-copy at Klamath National Forest offices Yreka Fort Jones Happy Camp and McDoel CA. Call 530 841 4451 or 530 842 6131 for additional information. Contact Klamath National Forest offices for area-specific information. Hunting related information is also available on the CDFW Website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/Hunting/. California is in the midst of a very active wildfire season. Record low levels of snowfall coupled with previous droughts make the state vulnerable to catastrophic wildfires. A high percentage of wildfire starts in California are human caused. Human caused fires are preventable—and are therefore the target of a state wide fire prevention campaign. Forest visitors need to check trailer safety chains to insure they are not dragging on the pavement—generating a trail of sparks and igniting wildfires. This includes checking the chains periodically during a trip. Checking brakes and wheel bearings at the beginning of the travel season is equally important for reducing the number of vehicle caused wildfires.
Forest Visitors need to also be aware fire restrictions are in effect. No fires are allowed outside of developed campgrounds picnic areas and signed camp fire use areas except for Marble Siskiyou Russian and Trinity Alps Wilderness areas. Portable stoves using gas jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed with a valid California campfire permit. Fire restrictions also affect the use of generators and chain saws. Check with local National Forest offices for specific rules.