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U.S. Forest Service announced closures of all forests - including Lake Shasta

KRCR Chico-Redding logo KRCR Chico-Redding 9/11/2020 Alexandria Williams
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KRCR confirmed with the U.S. Forest Service that the closing of all these forests included Lake Shasta. 

Public Affairs Officer Carol Underhill said the U.S. Forest Service said the closures were due to the unprecedented fire season we're currently dealing with. 

By closing Shasta-Trinity National Forest, resort and local business owners felt a feeling of fear and panic of what this closure would mean for business.

Earlier Thursday, Congressman Doug LaMalfa visited Lake Shasta Caverns to hear the concerns from local business and resort owners about this sudden change and how the owners say the change is putting them in a financial struggle. 

"We were very blindsided," said Lake Shasta Caverns General Manager Matthew Doyle. "You know a lot of the processes we have to do with the forest service take up to two to three months."

According to a press release, the U.S. Forest Service ordered that all those with houseboats and/or resort boats dock and leave Lake Shasta.

"They requested that we pull all customers back within 24 hours," Doyle said. "These are people on boats on 400 miles of shoreline in 24 hours. It's an unexpectable demand. "

Underhill confirmed with KRCR that the U.S. Forest Service is sending out applications tomorrow for exemptions. What this will entail is local business on Lake Shasta can sign an exemption application stating that they are responsible for their own customers' safety - given there will not be as many firefighters present in case of an emergency situation.

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