Stanislaus National Forest extends closure order for Donnell Fire

Stanislaus National Forest extends closure order for Donnell Fire

For Immediate Release
Dec. 21, 2018
Contact: Diana J. Fredlund
Office: (209) 288-6261
Cell: (209) 272-5455
Twitter: @StanislausNF

Original forest closure order is extended to May 31, 2019


SONORA, California – Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor Jason Kuiken signed forest order STF-16-2018-17, extending the forest areas closed due to the Donnell Fire. The original forest order was scheduled to expire Dec. 31, 2018 and Kuiken extended the closure order until May 31, 2019.

“The original forest order was signed to protect the public from risk of hazard trees, the high potential for debris flow, as well as the risk from rock fall and flooding,” Kuiken said. “Although that order expires on Dec. 31, the risks remain high and I have decided to issue Forest Order No. STF-16-2018-17, in order to extend the area’s closure through May 31, 2019. This will allow the area to stabilize during the winter season.” Kuiken anticipates the forest will conduct additional safety assessments in the spring to reevaluate the area’s condition and risk from the fire’s affects.

The forest order and accompanying map can be found at

The Donnell Fire ignited at 5:49 p.m. Aug. 1, 2018 near Donnell Lake on Highway 108 east of Pinecrest. It burned more than 57,000 acres before being officially noted as out Dec. 17.

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