Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest open but fire danger still a concern |

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest open but fire danger still a concern

The U.S. Forest Service announced it is reopening campgrounds Tuesday in the Humboldt-Toiyabe.
Kurt Hildebrand

National Forest lands in the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts reopened on Tuesday morning after a temporary emergency closure that took effect on Thursday.

“We understand how important access to our National Forest is and after assessing the situations, we have decided to keep the closure in place through Monday only” said Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Supervisor Bill Dunkelberger. “However, a very serious fire threat still exists and we are asking that the public be extra cautious when recreating not to spark another wildfire.”

On Tuesday morning, Forest spokeswoman Withanee Milligan confirmed that the California portions of the Humboldt-Toiyabe are open to the public.

“We cannot stress enough, however, that the public be extra careful not to spark another wildfire,” she said.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe remains in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, meaning no campfires are allowed on the forest whatsoever. Also, chainsaws are not allowed to be used on the Forest after 1 p.m. daily.

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit in California will remain closed until at least Sept. 21, officials announced Tuesday morning.

The USDA Forest Service said that due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the closure has been extended on most national forests, including region-wide at Lake Tahoe.