Kisatchie National Forest Issues a Closure Order for Most of the Forest through September 16

On Thursday, August 27, Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm, passed through four of the five Ranger Districts of the Kisatchie National Forest, causing extensive damage. Thousands of trees are down with many damaged and leaning trees. Currently, National Forest crews are assessing the damage to roads, structures, and trails.

As a result, all of the Calcasieu Ranger District (Vernon and Evangeline Units), Catahoula Ranger District, Kisatchie Ranger District, and Winn Ranger District identified within the designated areas are closed to ALL visitor activities.

All National Forest System roads and trails within the closure areas are also closed to the public. The only exception is the Caney Ranger District, which is open to the public. The closure is effective September 4 until September 16 or until rescinded by the USDA Forest Service.

The following acts are prohibited:

• Using any motor vehicle on National Forest Systems Roads (36 C.F.R. 261-54(a)).
• Being on a National Forest System Trail (36 C.F.R. 261-55(a)).
• Entering or using a developed recreation site or portion thereof (36 C.F.R. 261-58(a)).
• Camping (36 C.F.R. 261-58(b)).