Closure order ends at Tahoe National Forest as firefighters gain ground fighting Lowell fire

An emergency closure for Tahoe National Forest lands adjacent to the Lowell fire was lifted Monday as the blaze neared containment.

The area has been closed since July 27. The reopened lands on the south side of the Yuba River Ranger District are just north of the fire area.

“This area of the forest has many trails popular with OHV (off highway vehicle) riders, mountain bikers, hikers, equestrians and other recreationists,” District Ranger Karen Hayden said in a news release.

Hayden said forest visitors should watch for equipment and vehicles used to either fight the nearby fire or to rehabilitate the area.

All evacuation advisories and orders have been lifted as well, according to the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection website.

The Lowell fire, burning since July 25 in the Steep Hollow drainage west of Alta in Placer and Nevada counties, has burned 2,304 acres and was 85 percent contained Monday morning.

Full containment is expected to require about one more week – Aug. 10, according to the Cal Fire site.