The US Forest Service announced that it will temporarily close all national forests in California through September 17th.
The forest service wants to reduce the chances of visitors becoming trapped, and cut back on the possibilities of new fires starting. About 6,800 wildfires have burned 1.7 million acres across the state. The national Wildfire Preparedness Level has been at the highest level since July 14th.
Jennifer Eberlein of the Forest Service said "We do not take this decision lightly, but this is the best choice for public safety. It is especially hard with the approaching Labor Day weekend, when so many people enjoy our national forests."
A violation could result in a fine of $5,000 for an individual.
Jack & Carolyn talked about this on the Morning Breeze. Listen here: