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Tahoe National Forest issues Lowell Fire forest closure

Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn signed an emergency closure order for selected National Forest System lands, roads and trails on the Tahoe National Forest related to the Lowell Fire, effective today, July 27, 2015. This order provides for fire suppression and support personnel safety, as well as public safety and resource protection.

The closure is on the south side of the Yuba River Ranger District and generally includes Tahoe National Forest lands, roads, and trails between Highway 20 and Interstate 80.

The forest closure does not apply to any federal, state or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty; persons with a permit from the Forest Service specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission; and owners or lessees of land in the area and residents in the area, unless the area is subject to a County Sheriff’s mandatory evacuation order.

“Safety is always the number one priority for the Forest Service,” said Karen Hayden, District Ranger for the Yuba River Ranger District. “We appreciate everyone’s support in respecting the closure and our effort to keep the public and our fire fighters safe.”

A detailed map of the closure area and more information, including the closure order, can be obtained at Tahoe National Forest offices, as well as online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tahoe/alerts-notices.

Lowell Fire information is also available by calling the Tahoe National Forest fire information line at (530) 478-6101 or the Cal Fire information line at (530) 823-4083.

For more Tahoe National Forest and Lowell Fire information, go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/Tahoe_NFand “Like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TahoeNF.

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