LNF implements forest closure due to Dixie Fire
The Lassen National Forest (LNF) recently implemented Forest Order 06-21-05 to expand the Dixie Fire Closure Order. This Closure Order supersedes Forest Order 06-21-03 and closes specifically identified roads and trails to protect public health and safety. The Dixie Fire is exhibiting extreme fire behavior and has grown to almost 60,000 acres.
This Closure Order will facilitate unimpeded ingress and egress for fire and other emergency responders and owners, lessees, and land residents in the area. We are limiting the public’s exposure to fire danger and impaired visibility due to smoke. The LNF prohibits the public from going into or within the Dixie Fire Closure Area or any National Forest System Roads or trails described in Exhibits A & B. (See attached). This Order goes into effect on July 16, 2021, through September 30, 2021
LNF consulted externally with Cal Fire, Butte County Sheriff’s Office, and Plumas County Sheriff’s Office while considering the specifics for the closure. Internally, the agency consulted with the USFS employees with expertise in fire management prevention, law enforcement, and public affairs were all contacted and involved in developing this closure order.
“For public safety for visitors, we have chosen to close these roads and trails to minimize any potential threats to the community and to provide general security measures,” said Deb Bumpus, Forest Supervisor, LNF.
The following persons are exempt from this Order:
· Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.
· Persons with a Forest Service Permit No. FS-7700-48 (Permit for the use of Roads, Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation or Order), specifically exempting them from this Order.
· Owners or lessees of land in the Dixie Fire Closure Area, to the extent necessary to access their land.
For additional information, visit the LNF Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/lassen or by following us on Facebook or Twitter.