What Summer Outdoor Recreation Looks Like Following the Dixie Fire in Lassen County


You can drive through the Lassen National Volcanic Park as all roads have been cleared for use. The 30-mile through the park opens today for summer visitors earlier than expected due to a lower than average snowpack this winter. Yet you can still encounter some Dixie Fire closures within the park as both Warner Valley and Juniper Lake roads remain closed at the park boundary. Each area was heavily impacted during the fire and hazards remain in the area. The areas most impacted by the Dixie Fire are the east and southeast portions of the park and portions of Lassen Volcanic Wilderness between Butte and Juniper Lakes. Areas west of the park highway were not impacted by the fire. The Dixie fire-affected nearly 70% of the park with low to moderate burn severity. Additionally, Manzanita Lake Campground, cabins, and the Camper Store are open. Butte Lake Campground opens Friday, June 3 for dry camping only; drinking water is not available. Other campgrounds, including Summit Lake, Warner Valley, and Juniper Lake are being assessed for safety and will open when possible. Drakesbad Guest Ranch, in Warner Valley, will remain closed for the entire 2022 season to replace a water treatment plant destroyed in the Dixie Fire Learn more about visiting after the Dixie Fire at https://go.nps.gov/afterdixie

As you start to head out into the national forests to enjoy trails and summer activities The Lassen National Forest is helping the community in identifying hazards. As the forest service receives reports of damaged roads information will be shared with you on where those exist. Currently, in the Almanor Ranger District, forest road 27N37A has a culvert washing out, and Road 32N25 near Hay Meadow trailhead is partially washed out but is still passible with a 4×4 or narrower vehicle. The forest service will be working quickly to get these repaired but warns you while out use caution and be aware.