Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest to close for winter

CAL FIRE is announcing that Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest will close for the season on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 8 a.m.
The closure is due to changing weather conditions and ensuing poor road conditions and hazards. Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest typically opens for the summer camping season sometime between mid-May and mid-June depending on weather and road conditions. There are five public campgrounds in the forest.
Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest is located 22 miles east of Porterville, California, in the southern Sierra. Mountain Home has several of the largest and oldest giant sequoia trees in the world with some reaching 240 feet tall and 27 feet in diameter.
Many of these specimens are more than 2,000 years old. In 1946, the State of California acted in an effort to conserve the Big Trees on the Mountain Home tract that John Muir called “the finest in the Sierra” by purchasing the land from a logging company.
The result has been the preservation of more than 5,000 old-growth giant sequoias through active management of the mixed conifer forest that surrounds them. The giant sequoia flourishes among ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, and incense cedar.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the closure, call (559) 539-2855.
Prescribed fires planned— CAL FIRE personnel are planning to conduct two prescribed burns simultaneously in the vicinity of Summit and Dogwood Meadow Roads in Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. This burn will take place on 93 acres of State-owned forest land.
Firefighters will start the prescribed burn at 10 a.m.; it will take about eight hours to complete. CAL FIRE personnel will continue monitoring the site for a few days after the burn is completed.

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