The closures will go into effect Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. and will last through Sept. 17, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
“We don’t take this decision lightly, but this is the best choice for public safety,” says ranger Jennifer Eberlien. “It’s especially hard with the Labor Day weekend approaching, when so many people are enjoying our national forests.”
The closure is intended to reduce the chances of people getting trapped in the forests when wildfires break out, and to reduce the chance of new fires.
The Decree provides for exemptions for certain permit holders, emergency services, utilities and land owners.
The Forest Service says more than 6,800 wildfires have burned 1.7 million acres in California.
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