Mendocino National Forest
Fourth of July office closure, outdoor recreation information
WILLOWS, Calif; June 27, 2016 – For Immediate Release – Mendocino National Forest offices will be closed in observance of the Fourth of July holiday on Monday, July 4. Our offices will resume regular business hours at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 5.
For your safety, please plan ahead and be properly prepared for your trip to the Mendocino National Forest. Be aware that weather may change very quickly and plan accordingly. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. Remember that cell phones are unreliable in many parts of the forest. Carry emergency equipment in your vehicle. In the event of an emergency, please call “911”.
Ann Carlson, Mendocino Forest Supervisor says, “We invite you to get outdoors and enjoy all the Mendocino has to offer. While visiting the forest, we need your help to prevent wildfires; please be responsible and have a safe and enjoyable trip on the forest.”
With hot and dry conditions continuing, visitors are asked to be careful with fire on the Mendocino National Forest including campfires, gas stoves and lanterns. All fireworks, including sparklers, are prohibited on public lands. Remember, “One Less Spark – One Less Wildfire”.
Visitors are encouraged to check with local offices for information about current conditions before traveling to the forest. While visiting the forest remember to always practice fire safety and follow these guidelines:
· Get your campfire permit http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfires/
· Have a responsible person in attendance at all times.
· Clear all flammable material away from the fire for a minimum of five feet in all directions.
· Make a fire only if you have a shovel and sufficient water to put it out.
· Never leave your campfire unattended.
· To make sure your campfire is out, drown with water and stir with dirt, making sure all burned materials are extinguished. Feel with your hand to make sure it’s out cold.
· Every campfire will be put DEAD OUT before leaving it.
For information on recreation opportunities see http://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/mendocino/recreation