Road closures reduced, trail closures remain as fire recovery activities continue under modified closure

The Plumas National Forest has modified and updated Forest Closure Order 05-11-03-22-02 to reopen two roads affected by the 2020 North Complex wildfires on the Feather River Ranger District.  Two roads and eight trails within the closure order remain closed.

District employees are continuing to work on multiple Forest Service Roads and trails to restore access to the public.  While these repairs have been completed, there is still inherent risk in recreating in or traveling through recently burned areas of the forest.

The following roads have reopened:
FSR 22N89 between FSR 119 and FSR 22N12X, and FSR 22N12X between FSR 22N89 and FSR 22N01Y.

The following roads remain closed:
FSR 22N62 between Milsap Bar Campground and FSR 22N94; FSR 21N35Y between Butte County Road 27672 (Lumpkin Road) and Forest Trail 6E33 (Feather Falls National Recreation Trail).

Eight trails remain closed, including Mountain House, Feather Falls National Recreation, Little North Fork, Trials West, Sky High, South Hartman to North Hartman, Hansen Bar, and Stag Point trails.

Dome Trail, Big Bald Rock and Cleghorn Bar trails are now open.

The current closure is referenced as Order Number 05-11-03-23-02 and is in place until conditions allow or December 31, 2024, whichever occurs first.  There will be public notifications when the closure order is lifted or modified further.

The closure order is for public and employee safety as assessments and work continues to repair and restore access to roads and recreation sites affected by the fire.

Feather River Ranger District employees are working on repairs, reconstruction and risk-mitigation projects associated with the fire damage.  Work in the area has taken longer than expected due to analysis needs, acquiring funding and a shorter season to implement repairs due to elevation, which limits construction activities to summer and fall months.

“We are continuing to make progress on road and recreation sites after wildfires and are working to restore access to the public,” said Plumas Forest Supervisor Chris Carlton.  “The work on facilities and recreation sites is ongoing and we will continue to reopen sites as we can.”

Area residents and visitors planning to recreate in the area are asked to use caution.  There are still hazards in the burn area, including dead trees that can fall with little to no notice, unstable slopes and potential rock fall, especially during storms.

“We want everyone to have a safe and positive recreation experience on the Plumas National Forest and recognize the risks of recreating in areas that have burned over the past few years, especially in our scenic canyons,” said Carlton.

Violations of the closure order are punishable of a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment of not more than 6 months or both.

For more information on the Plumas National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/plumas  or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USFSPlumas.