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Inyo National Forest closes starting at 5:00pm tonight

September 7th, 2020 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

Starting tonight at 5:00pm, the Inyo National Forest will close temporarily due to extreme fire danger and firefighting resources that are already stretched thin.

The closure includes all campgrounds, all day-use sites, all trails, all roads, all recreation, and all dispersed camping. It affects Mono Lake, which is within the Inyo National Forest, and is already partially closed at the South Tufa and Navy Beach areas.

The closure will be in place for at least one week, and then starting on September 14th will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change. Update: Since the closure was put in place on September 7th it has been extended week by week, at least through October 8th. See the Forest Service’s Region 5 website for the latest closure orders.

Seven other National Forests will close tonight:

  • Stanislaus National Forest
  • Sierra National Forest
  • Sequoia National Forest
  • Los Padres National Forest
  • Angeles National Forest
  • San Bernardino National Forest
  • Cleveland National Forest

In addition, two other restrictions will affect all National Forests in California:

  • all ignition sources are prohibited (campfires, gas stoves, etc.)
  • developed campgrounds and day-use sites are all closed

Please do not visit Mono Lake or anywhere else in the closed forests at this time. See the full press release from USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region here.