Forest Service reopens six roads affected by the North Complex fires

The Plumas National Forest has modified and updated Forest Closure Order 05-11-03-21-04 to reopen six roads affected by the 2020 North Complex wildfires on the Feather River Ranger District.

District employees are continuing to work on multiple Forest Service Roads (FSR) and trails to restore access to the public.

The following roads are now open:

  • FSR 22N39 between FSR22N33 and FSR 22N01Y
  • FSR 23N00 between FSR 22N34 and FSR 23N28
  • FSR 22N24 between FSR 22N27 and FSR 20N09
  • FSR 22N24 between FSR 22N25 and FSR 22N94
  • FSR 22N25 between FSR 22N24 and FSR 22N50X
  • FSR 22N94 between FSR 22N24 and FSR 22N27

The following roads remain closed:

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  • FSR 22N89 between FSR 119 and FSR 22N12X
  • FSR 22N12X between FSR 22N89 and FSR 22N01Y
  • FSR 22N62 between Milsap Bar Campground and FSR 22N94
  • FSR 21N35Y between Butte County Road 27672 (Lumpkin Road) and Forest Trail 6E33 (Feather Falls National Recreation Trail)

Eleven trails remain closed, including Mountain House, Dome, Big Bald Rock, Feather Falls National Recreation, Little North Fork, Trials West, Sky High, South Hartman to North Hartman, Hansen Bar, Stag Point and Cleghorn Bar Trails.

The roads reopening has restored access to Golden Trout Campground on the Feather River Ranger District.

The current closure is referenced as Order Number 05-11-03-22-02 and is in place until conditions allow or July 31, 2023, whichever occurs first.  There will be public notifications when the closure order is lifted or modified further.

The closure order is for public and employee safety as assessments and work continues to repair and restore access to roads and recreation sites affected by the fire.

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Feather River Ranger District employees are working on repairs, reconstruction and risk-mitigation projects associated with the fire damage.  Work in the area has taken longer than expected due to analysis needs, acquiring funding and a shorter season to implement repairs due to elevation, which limits construction activities to summer and fall months.

“We are continuing to make progress on road and recreation sites after wildfires and are working to restore access to the public,” said Feather River District Ranger Dave Brillenz.  “We will continue to reopen sites as we can.”

Area residents and visitors planning to recreate in the area are asked to use caution.  There are still hazards in the burn area, including dead trees that can fall with little to no notice, unstable slopes and potential rock fall, especially during storms.

“We want everyone to have a safe and positive recreation experience on the Plumas National Forest and recognize the risks of recreating in areas that have burned over the past few years, especially in our scenic canyons,” said Plumas National Forest Supervisor Chris Carlton.

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Violations of the closure order are punishable of a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment of not more than 6 months or both.

For more information on the Plumas National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/plumas, follow the forest on Twitter @USFSPlumas or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USFSPlumas.