The following is a press release issued by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service:
Mendocino National Forest offices will close early at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24 and will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is traditionally a popular time to visit the Mendocino National Forest. National forests provide a great way to enjoy the outdoors, but it is important that everyone recreates safely.
Forest officials remind visitors to prepare for a trip to the forest by checking the weather forecast, having a full tank of gas and bringing extra food and water. Visitors should carry emergency equipment and appropriate maps. Cell phone coverage is not reliable in many areas. Weather and road conditions in the forest can change quickly. All visitors should be aware of the hazards of traveling through a burned area.