The Darby Fire area of the Stanislaus National Forest is now open again.
Calaveras District Ranger Rob Griffith says the area was previously closed because of public safety risks from trail and road washouts, mud slides and falling rocks. The area opened April 1.
Ranger Griffith said, “While it will be several years before the watersheds within the Darby Fire area are completely recovered, the threat to public safety has been significantly reduced.”
“The public has been great about understanding and complying with this temporary closure, and we are really glad to be able to open the area for public use earlier than originally anticipated,” Griffith said.
Opening the 14,000-acre Darby Fire zone comes just in time for the start of fishing season and the annual firewood cutting period, both of which begin April 27.
Visitors should stop at the Calaveras Ranger Station on Highway 4 in Hathaway Pines to obtain firewood cutting permits and to get information on recreational opportunities in the forest.