California has closed nine of its national forests as firefighters struggle to contain 11 wildfires burning across the state. The US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region issued an emergency forest service closure through at least September 6. “Extreme fire conditions throughout northern California and strained firefighting resources throughout the country” were cited as the reasons for the closures.
The closures include Tahoe National Forest, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Plumas National Forest, Lassen National Forest, Mendocino National Forest, Klamath National Forest, and Six Rivers Shasta-Trinity National Forest, and Modoc National Forest. Violators could face fines up to $5,000 for an individual and $10,000 for an organization, as well as up to six months in jail.