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Gradual Reopening For State’s Wildlife Areas

Friday, the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife reopened properties including Butte Valley Wildlife Area in Siskiyou County, Heenan Lake Wildlife Area in Alpine County, and By Day Creek Ecological Reserve and Pickel Meadow, West Walker River, Green Creek, East Walker River, Cartago, and Burcham & Wheeler Flats wildlife areas all in Mono County.

Those were the first reopenings after prior closures to the public because of wildfires.

On Monday, CDFW officials announced that they had reopened 20 additional properties that were previously closed due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions.

All other fire-related closures will remain in effect until Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 unless extended. Please check the U.S. Forest Service website for national forest closures.

Fire danger is extreme in California currently. Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts are strongly encouraged to check for closures before leaving on any recreational trip. The following links show up-to-date closures:

CDFW Land Closure List;

Map of closed ecological reserves;

Map of closed wildlife areas;

U. S. Forest Service Lands;

Bureau of Land Management Lands.