Forest Service preparing for winter
Forest Service personnel have begun to winterize recreational areas as higher elevations experience freezing temperatures.
Water systems have been shut off at the Blackrock Trailhead, Fish Creek and Horse Meadow Campgrounds, as well as, Beach and Cannell Meadow public pastures. The water systems at Troy and Kennedy Meadows campgrounds will be shut off this week. These areas will remain open for use.
The Blackrock Visitor Information Station on the Kern Plateau, is scheduled to close for the winter on Saturday, Nov. 10.
The Lake Isabella and Kernville Ranger Stations will remain open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through the winter.
Woodcutting season will end Nov. 30. Permits are still available.
When there is a winter advisory, the Forest Services advises people use caution when traveling through the forest. Weather and road conditions can change rapidly at any elevation. Officials advice: Watch for icy road patches. Make sure you have a full tank of gas, tire chains, warm clothing, blankets, matches, food and water. Remember to tell someone where you will be going.
Some district roads and trails may close after the first significant winter storm.
For further information, contact the Lake Isabella Ranger Station at 760-379-5646 or the Kernville Ranger Station at 760-376-3781.