UPDATED: National Forest closure extended through October 1

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Wildfires have burned nearly 4 million acres in California this summer, destroying hundreds of homes and displacing thousands of residents. So far, 2020 is shaping up to be the worst fire season in our state's history.

Because fire danger is so high, and resources are already spread thin, the U.S. Forest Service has issued an unprecedented mandate closing all National Forest land in California to ALL public use, at least through October 1, when it will be reevaluated on a daily basis. 

Many popular local trails are on Cleveland National Forest land in the Santa Ana Mountains, including Blackstar, Maple Springs, Main Divide, Harding Truck Trail, The Luge, Joplin, San Juan, and others. This also includes bike parks in the region, including Mammoth and Snow Summit. 

Please respect these closures, and keep an eye on our social media and website for updates as conditions are being evaluated daily. 

In addition to impacts on trail access and air quality here in Orange County, 2020 wildfires have also affected dozens of bike industry employees at brands like Santa Cruz, Juliana, Ibis, Giro, Specialized and others located in the Bay Area. More than 40 Santa Cruz employees were recently evacuated during the height of the CZU Lightning Complex Wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and four employees lost their homes. A group of bike industry employees even went to great lengths to help save homes near Bonny Doon. 

There are several ways you can help your fellow riders and their communities rebuild in the wake of these fires. Click here to learn more.