Fires limit recreation on forest |

Fires limit recreation on forest

Those who wanted to hike or camp this Fourth of July may have to rethink their plans as lightning fires continue to burn on the Tahoe National Forest.

Out of 25 fires ignited by lightning storms on June 21, six are not contained.

The Government Fire burning in Placer County has caused the closure of The TexasHill Road (Forest Road 19), south of Interstate 80 at Emigrant Gap, including the North Fork, Onion Valley and Tunnel Mills Campground.

The Westville Fire has closed the Mumford Bar Trail and Trailhead Campground. Firecrews are using the China Wall area for helicopters.

The Fall Fire has caused the closure of Bowman Lake Road, from the dam at Bowman Reservoir south to Highway 20. This affects all back country hiking areas in the Grouse Lakes area as well as fishing and picnicking at Fuller and Rucker lakes.

Access to the South Yuba River is limited near the town of Washington because of the closure of Maybert Road east of the town.

Although some popular areas remain closed because of the fire, many others remain open to hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding and include: The Pacific Crest Trail, the North Yuba River trails, Granite Chief Wilderness and Mount Lola.

Campgrounds remain open along Interstate 80 at Hampshire Rocks, Indian Springs and Big Bend Group Camp, at reservoirs east of Truckee, along the North Yuba River and into the Sierra Buttes area, east of Foresthill at Sugar Pine Reservoir, Big Reservoir and French Meadows.

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