Shawn had a post, under SGW Reopening?, which I believe is a well-stated version of his understanding of the official reasons. There is a hint there that they are following a protocol. If it is mandated from a higher level, it would make it more understandable, but I have never seen that said anywhere. They seem to be completely uninterested in justifying what they do to the public. I have never had any luck communicating with the forest service, and I think it is clear they are not interested in our views. What they are doing is completely consistent with what they did with the Mountain and Lake Fires, and those closures were for years. I expected that the Mountain Fire closure would have serious pushback from the PCT hikers, but that never seemed to happen. I think it would take pushback from organized groups and media coverage to reverse their policies.