The US Forestry Service ordered Monday to close all statewide forests in California by mid-September amid continued large bushfires that have charred across the state.

All California state forests will be closed from late Tuesday through mid-September, the US Forest Service announced.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, which is located outside the Pacific Southwest, is not affected by the order.

“We do not take this decision lightly, but this is the best choice for public safety,”Jennifer Eberlien

“We do not take this decision lightly, but this is the best choice for public safety,” Jennifer Eberlien, a regional official, said on CBS News'”Face the Nation.”

The order has no direct impact on the Humboldt-Toiyabe Nationwide Forest, which is partly in California but mostly in Nevada.

The Forest Service, which is listed in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, highlights a number of factors that came into its decision, including public security in emergencies and reductions “the potential for new fire starts at a time of extremely limited firefighting resources.”

Tahoe Rim Trail

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The Tahoe Rim Trail is a 170-mile long-distance hiking trail that forms a loop around the Lake Tahoe Basin in the Sierra Nevada and ranges of Nevada and California in the United States. (wikipedia)


Wildfire

A wildfire, bushfire, wild land fire or rural fire is an unplanned, unwanted, uncontrolled fire in an area of combustible vegetation starting in rural areas and urban areas. (wikipedia)


national forests of the United States

The United States has 154 protected areas known as national forests, covering 188,336,179 acres . National forests are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. (wikipedia)


Shoshone National Forest

Shoshone National Forest is the first federally protected National Forest in the United States and covers nearly 2,500,000 acres in the state of Wyoming. (wikipedia)


Angeles National Forest

The Angeles National Forest of the U.S. Forest Service is located in the San Gabriel Mountains and Sierra Pelona Mountains, primarily within Los Angeles County in southern California. (wikipedia)


Boise National Forest

Boise National Forest is a National Forest covering 2,203,703 acres of the U.S. state of Idaho. Created on July 1, 1908, from part of Sawtooth National Forest, it is managed by the U.S. (wikipedia)