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Regional Order No. 21-07 USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region Emergency Forest Closure

Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(a) and (b), and to provide for public safety and protect natural resources, the following acts are prohibited on National Forest System lands within the Pacific Southwest Region. This Order supersedes Regional Order No. 21-04 and is effective from August 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. through September 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

Going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the National Forests listed below.

  1. Tahoe National Forest
  2. Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
  3. Plumas National Forest
  4. Lassen National Forest
  5. Mendocino National Forest
  6. Klamath National Forest
  7. Six Rivers National Forest
  8. Shasta-Trinity National Forest
  9. Modoc National Forest
  10. Cleveland National Forest
  11. San Bernardino National Forest
  12. Angeles National Forest
  13. Los Padres National Forest
  14. Sequoia National Forest
  15. Sierra National Forest
  16. Stanislaus National Forest
  17. Inyo National Forest

36 C.F.R. § 261.52(e).

Being on a National Forest System road within the National Forests listed below.

  1. Tahoe National Forest
  2. Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
  3. Plumas National Forest
  4. Lassen National Forest
  5. Mendocino National Forest
  6. Klamath National Forest
  7. Six Rivers National Forest
  8. Shasta-Trinity National Forest
  9. Modoc National Forest
  10. Cleveland National Forest
  11. San Bernardino National Forest
  12. Angeles National Forest
  13. Los Padres National Forest
  14. Sequoia National Forest
  15. Sierra National Forest
  16. Stanislaus National Forest
  17. Inyo National Forest

36 C.F.R. § 261.54(e).

Being on a National Forest System trail within the National Forests listed below.

  1. Tahoe National Forest
  2. Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
  3. Plumas National Forest
  4. Lassen National Forest
  5. Mendocino National Forest
  6. Klamath National Forest
  7. Six Rivers National Forest
  8. Shasta-Trinity National Forest
  9. Modoc National Forest
  10. Cleveland National Forest
  11. San Bernardino National Forest
  12. Angeles National Forest
  13. Los Padres National Forest
  14. Sequoia National Forest
  15. Sierra National Forest
  16. Stanislaus National Forest
  17. Inyo National Forest

36 C.F.R. § 261.55(a).
Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:

  1. Persons with Forest Service Permit No. FS-7700-48 (Permit for Use of Roads, Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation or Order), specifically exempting them from this Order.
  2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  3. Persons with a Forest Service special use authorization for an electric transmission line, an oil or gas pipeline, communications site, or any other non-recreation special use.
  4. Commercial recreational special-use permit holders and their customers are not exempt from this Order. However, commercial recreational special-use permit holders, under the terms and conditions of their permit, may access their permit areas to conduct administrative functions and to protect property and related assets. Recreation residence permit holders are not exempt from this Order.
  1. Persons with a Forest Service non-special-use written authorization to conduct non- recreational activities, such as harvesting timber or forest products, or grazing livestock.
  2. Owners or lessees of land, and residents of such private landholdings, to the extent necessary to access their land.
  3. Persons engaged in a business, trade, or occupation are not exempt from the prohibitions listed above, but may use National Forest System roads to the extent necessary to carry out their business, trade, or occupation.

These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions contained in 36 C.F.R. Part 261, Subpart A.

A violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both.
16 U.S.C. § 551 and 18 U.S.C. §§ 3559, 3571, and 3581.

Executed in Vallejo, California, this 30th day of August 2021.
JENNIFER EBERLIEN
Regional Forester
Pacific Southwest Region