The Recreation HQ does not want riders to think it is still not focused on the Mill Fire’s impacts to the Stonyford OHV Area. As most of you know, this fire’s impacts are almost 180 degrees opposite of the 2001 Trough Fire.
The Trough Fire did not impact that much of the trail system, but it did nuke the various OHV camping and staging areas at Fouts Springs. On the other hand, the Mill Fire spared the Fouts Springs campgrounds but fried about 80% of the popular trails between Fouts to Lett’s Lake and back down to Little Stony.
Link to Closure Order and Closure Maphttp://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5382658.pdf
I think a lot of us are still in a state of shock as are many of the FS employees that I know. While they continue to mop up and restore the area, it is important for those of us who can… to send in a volunteer agreement to Paige to help with future volunteer projects.
Here is an announcement from Paige
Thank you for eagerly extending a helping hand for the process of cleaning up the devastation of the Mill Fire.
We are currently awaiting the full report from the BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) Team.
As soon as we get permission to enter the area and start closure & rehabilitation work, I will email you with some dates.
The first project in order will be to secure the perimeters of the fire. Access to the trail system will need to be closed with signs and straw bales along the intersections of M-10, 17N02 & Goat Mountain. Theses main roads hopefully will be opening soon. Not until the fire is called out, which most likely will be after we get rain, will we be able to start trail rehabbing.
I have attached a volunteer agreement which will need to be completed prior to any volunteer work that you do for the Forest Service.
Thanks again and I will be in touch soon!
Paige MakowskiMendocino National Forest
Grindstone Ranger District
O.H.V Recreation Technician
Complete the OF301a Volunteer Agreement Form linked below and send to:
Here is the link to the volunteer form
Mendocino National Forest
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
If you would like to sponsor or support QWR’s post-fire recovery work (e.g. travel, supplies, seed money for matching grants, etc.) you can donate at and ID donation for "Mill Fire Recovery"
HQ is already planning to dedicate some serious time up there once the volunteer trail rehabilitation starts. Will keep you posted as new details come in.
Original author: Don Amador