The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino National Forest:
Forest officials have issued a closure order for a portion of the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness, including several trailheads, trails and roads, effective today, Aug. 18 through April 1, 2024.
The Slide 1 Fire, which began on Aug. 15 after more than 150 lightning strikes on the forest, prompted officials to issue the closure order.
Firefighters are actively using the roads, trails and recreation sites in the closure area.
Access for any recreation activities including hunting or hiking is prohibited in the closure area.“We know it is hunting season, and people want to camp and hunt in their favorite spots. However, this closure is necessary to protect the public as well as our fire personnel from potential injury due to hazards in the fire area,” said Forest Supervisor Wade McMaster.Except for this closure and the State Game Refuge, the rest of the forest is open to hunting during the seasons designated by the California State Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Officials also want to remind visitors that fire restrictions are in effect, prohibiting campfires, open flames or stove fires while dispersed camping. Within designated fire-safe recreation sites and wilderness areas, campfires are allowed with a valid permit.
The M22 Road remains open, however visitors should drive with caution and expect fire traffic.
Areas closed include:
- Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness area within the Grindstone Ranger District
- Ides Cove Backpacker Trailhead
- Ides Cove Horsepacker Trailhead
Trails closed include:
Roads closed include:
Emergency personnel on official duty and anyone with a permit specifically exempting them are exempted from this order.