Both the Eldorado National Forest and El Dorado County have declared the Rubicon and the forest open as of 8am this morning. The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has also reopened.
The reopening of all things Rubicon and our nearby forests does not reduce the extreme fire dangers within our forests. Open flames of any kind are still restricted.
Be fire smart.
Please read the press release below…
U.S. Forest Service
Pacific Southwest Region
TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST
631 Coyote Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
Contact: Joe Flannery
September 18, 2020
Nevada City, Calif. —The Tahoe National Forest is reopening this weekend after nearly two weeks of unprecedented, emergency closures due to California wildfires and wildfire risk. The forest remains closed until 8:00 a.m. Saturday, September 19, 2020.
Along with the general reopening this Saturday, a new Forest Closure Orders will strictly prohibit the following activities across the entire Tahoe National Forest through October 18, 2020:
- Camping, except within Developed Campgrounds open for public use, within the Granite Chief Wilderness, and within 500 feet of the Pacific Crest Trail.
- Discharging a firearm, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, and federal law and regulations.
In addition, a standing Emergency Fire Restriction Order strictly prohibits the following activities across all National Forests in California through September 21, 2020:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.
- This includes all gas stoves of any kind
Forest Service personnel will begin opening restrooms, gates, day-use sites, and Forest Service roads beginning at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, September 19, 2020. Most campgrounds will remain closed through the weekend.
A limited number of campgrounds will be available on a first-come/ first-serve basis this weekend including:
|Cold creek||Schoolhouse||Granite Flat|
Please check our website beginning Monday, September 21, 2020 for updates on campground status: https://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe/
For more information about the Tahoe National Forest, go to www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe. Join the conversation by following us on Twitter at twitter.com/Tahoe_NF and Facebook at www.facebook.com/TahoeNF.
Please be safe if you visit our national forests.
El Dorado County has scheduled rock work for Cadillac Hill for October 17, 18 & 19. Expect extended delays and/or a possible temporary closure. I will try to post timeline details as the date gets closer.
This project was previously scheduled for Oct 3, 4 & 5 but was pushed back due to the helicopter company being needed to fight the CA wildfires.
Although the paperwork between El Dorado County and the Tahoe National Forest has not been completed, Jeepers Jamboree will work Cadillac Hill next month. El Dorado County will fly in the needed rock. JJ will put down cyclone fencing, fill it with rock and wrap-it to secure the rock in place and cover with more rock. Some concrete work will also be done as needed in various spots. Besides securing the trail from sliding off the hill, improving the drainage of water OFF the trail is also a goal.
Please avoid Cadillac Hill that weekend to allow this crew to work without interruption. It is in all of our best interest to stabilize Cadillac Hill so the trail is there after each winter.
The closure of CA forests was extended through Monday September 21st.
El Dorado County has subsequently closed the Rubicon for the same time frame. Note that the Tahoe National Forest controls the Placer County portion of the Rubicon, the Rubicon is closed within Placer County.
From Vickie Sander on the Rubicon Gazette Facebook page:
Update: I just received word that the Forest Service is extending the order for one week. Till Monday September 21, 2020. The Rubicon Trail will stay closed until the order is lifted. I want to share with you the factors that go into this decision. The Rubicon is an unmaintained County Road. We have a 50′ easement from the Forest Service. With the forest closed that means no camping and no day use. So this would mean that there would be no stopping along the trail. Once you cross the County line into Placer County you are on Forest Service land, which is closed. Placer County does not have an easement. My last conversation with the owners of Rubicon Springs they were not allowing camping either. So it makes sense for public safety and the safety of the Rubicon to work with agencies and do what we feel is the right thing. These are crazy times we are in right now and I will do my best to keep you informed.
Forest Service extension of closure:
Forest Service Temporarily Closes All National Forests in California
Contact(s): Jonathan Groveman, (707) 562-8995
VALLEJO, Calif., September 9, 2020—Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of an additional ten National Forests, meaning all eighteen National Forests in California are now closed. The closure of the additional ten forests will be effective at 5:00 pm today. These additional forests include the Eldorado National Forest, Klamath National Forest, Lassen National Forest, Mendocino National Forest, Modoc National Forest, Six Rivers National Forest, Plumas National Forest, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Tahoe National Forest, and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. This decision will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change.
We had closed eight National Forests on Monday evening, Sept. 7, 2020. Explosive growth of fires throughout California during the day and late evening of Sept. 8th led to this updated decision.
“The number of large fires and extreme fire behavior we are seeing across the State is historic,” said Regional Forester Randy Moore. “These temporary closures are necessary to protect the public and our firefighters, and we will keep them in place until conditions improve and we are confident that National Forest visitors can recreate safely. I ask all Californians and visitors to take these closures and evacuations seriously for their own safety and to allow our firefighters to focus on the mission of safely suppressing these fires.”
The Forest Service thanks our partners and the public for their cooperation and understanding of this monumental fire threat. It is critical that all Californians and national forest visitors follow these important closures and restrictions for their own safety and the safety of our firefighters. Citizens with specific questions within their area may call their local forests for more information.
The Forest Service manages 18 National Forests in the Pacific Southwest Region, which encompasses over 20 million acres across California, and assists forest landowners in California, Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. National forests supply 50 percent of the water in California and form the watershed of most major aqueducts and more than 2,400 reservoirs throughout the state. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R5.