National forests close due to extreme fire conditions

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Resources are stretched to the limit as unprecedented fire weather and new wildfire starts cause National Forest closures. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
With unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region announced a temporary closure of all 18 national forests in California. The Forest Service closed eight National Forests Monday evening, Sept. 7, and explosive growth of fires throughout California during the day and late evening Sept. 8, led to a decision to close all the parks temporarily. This decision will be reevaluated daily as conditions change, officials said. “The number of large fires and extreme fire behavior we are seeing across the state is historic,” regional forester Randy Moore said. “These temporary closures are necessary to protect the public and our firefighters, and we will keep them in place until conditions im
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