The Scenic Byway Association and the Forest Service Remind You to Take Care of Yourself, the forest, and our communities this Labor Day Weekend

Our visitors are reminded that fire season is here and our rural communities and recreational areas have been overwhelmed this year with visitors. Please follow health guidelines, be especially careful, and clean up after enjoying your time here. We do not have sufficient resources to keep up with the trash that is being generated. Please, do not leave trash outside of closed dumpsters where wind and animals will scatter it for others to clean up.

Remember all the people who worked to create the things we are enjoying this holiday weekend and don’t forget to thank the folks who are working now to help make your stay more enjoyable. And let’s not forget the volunteers who work year round to improve and maintain our beautiful sierra communities.

Most importantly, please be patient with each other as we all adjust to changing circumstances. Enjoy your time here!

Vallejo, Calif. – The eighteen National Forests comprising the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5) welcome you and your families this Labor Day Weekend with a few words of advice: Please Plan Ahead, Follow All Campfire Restrictions; and Check All Local Government Guidelines Before Visiting.

Similar to Independence Day 2020, we anticipate that Labor Day Weekend will be very busy, and we would like all visitors to be prepared before you head out to your favorite spot. Check in in advance with your local National Forest, by visiting the forest’s website, social media accounts, or by calling their local offices.

We are asking our visitors to please do your part:

  • Recreate Responsibly;
  • Recreate close to home whenever possible;
  • Maintain at least six feet distancing from others;
  • Do not gather in groups and please follow the latest guidance from officials;
  • Communicate with others as you pass. Alert trail users of your presence and step aside to let others pass; and
  • Pack it in Pack it out. Make sure you take away any trash or waste that you create while visiting.

For more information on tips for planning ahead, please visit the Be Outdoor Safe webpage at

Region 5 has developed a web map to help visitors find out which recreation areas are open on nearby forests, including campgrounds, day use sites, and trails on National Forests in California. View the GIS map at

For information and updates regarding the impacts of significantly higher visitation and fire restrictions, visit

As we’ve seen across California this summer, wildfires and smoke are a serious concern for everyone. Please follow all posted campfire restrictions. As a reminder, ALL campfires outside of pre-approved, designated campsites, are STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Additionally, please note that fireworks are NOT permitted on any National Forest.

Visitors are also urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with local health and safety guidance. For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to:

The Forest Service manages 18 National Forests in the Pacific Southwest Region, which encompasses over 20 million acres across California, and assists State and Private forest landowners in California, Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. National forests supply 50 percent of the water in California and form the watershed of most major aqueducts and more than 2,400 reservoirs throughout the state. For more information, visit

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