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Wildfires threaten all California National Forests

The US Department of Agriculture Forest Service will temporarily close all 20,000,000 acres of California’s National Forests to the public for 2 weeks starting Tuesday due to the raging wildfires.

Jennifer M. Eberlien (California’s Regional Forester) signed a statement stating that the authority made difficult decisions “to better provide public safety and firefighter safety in the ongoing California wildfire crises”. This closure was to take place from Tuesday to September 17, according to the statement.

The closing of nine Forest Service national forests in Northern California last week was due to severe fire conditions and limited firefighting resources.

Monday’s statement revealed that over 6,800 wildfires have destroyed 1.7 million acres across all California jurisdictions. This is more than Delaware. The National Wildfire Preparedness Level was at PL5 since July 14.

This was the third time in 20 years that the country reached PL5 by the middle of July — which indicates the highest level wildland fire activity.

According to CAL Fire excessive heat warnings are in place for most of California and could pose additional challenges.

According to InciWeb, fires are also raging across the west US in Washington, Oregon Idaho, Montana and Utah, Colorado, Wyoming. Arizona, Arizona, and New Mexico.

A number of fires are raging in Minnesota’s Superior National Forest, near the Canadian border. This includes the Greenwood Fire which has burned more than 25,900 acres, and is currently only 14% contained.

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