California’s 2016 deer season continues with the opening of the D3-D5, D8-D10, X8 and X10 Zones on Sept. 24. Drought and dangerous fire conditions persist in many areas of the state, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) urges hunters to be mindful of wildfires and forest closures that could affect the area where they plan to hunt. CDFW does not refund tag fees due to wildfire closures.
CDFW does not close or open areas due to fires, but leaves that authority to incident commanders with CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service.
Current information on forest closures can be found at the following links:
- CDFW: wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/area-alerts
- CAL FIRE: fire.ca.gov/general/firemaps.php
- U.S. Forest Service: inciweb.nwcg.gov/closures
Hunters are encouraged to check these links frequently in order to obtain the most up-to-date information.
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