Forest Service confirms unauthorized group moves to a new location

Today, the Forest Service became aware that the Unauthorized Noncommercial Group Use Incident (Rainbow Family Gathering) that was occurring in the Indian Creek headwaters area on the Mount Hough Ranger District moved to a new location near the intersection of Forest Road 28N01 and 26N70 on the Beckwourth Ranger District approximately 12 miles north of Beckwourth, California.

“The Forest and National Incident Management Team has been tracking the location change and is already sending resources to evaluate the area for concerns and public health and safety,” said Plumas National Forest Supervisor Chris Carlton. “This area was previously used as a fire camp, so we are already familiar with it.”

The National Incident Management Team will continue to protect public health and safety and ensure that all national forest visitors obey federal, state and local laws and regulations.

The Indian Creek Headwaters Road and Area Closure Order remains in effect for the protection of natural, tribal and cultural resources, concerns about fire danger, public health and sanitation and upholding permitted special use where the unauthorized noncommercial group use was occurring.

“We continue to evaluate the area closure daily,” said Carlton. “Most of the individuals have left the site, and for those few remaining, the Forest Service has offered additional time to remove their belongings.”

The unauthorized noncommercial group use within the Indian Creek headwaters area did impact natural and cultural resources and other authorized uses.

“The Forest Service will work with local tribes, resource staff, affected stakeholders and the community to assess and restore the damage that occurred,” said Carlton.

For more information about the Unauthorized Noncommercial Group Use Incident, visitfs.usda.gov/goto/rainbowgathering.

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