News Release

For Release: July 12, 2007        
Contact: John Scull (916) 985-4474
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Portions of Pine Hill Preserve Closed Due To Fire Danger

Due to extremely dry conditions, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is closing nearly 500 acres of the Pine Hill Preserve in western El Dorado County to the public, effective today, to reduce the possibility of a catastrophic fire.  This includes all preserve lands between Green Valley Road and Highway 50.

“As we’ve seen from the Angora Fire at South Lake Tahoe, we are facing a heightened risk of fire danger this year,” said Bill Haigh, BLM Folsom Field Office manager. “We are taking this step to protect both the public and the natural resources. More than 1,000 homes or business are located within 1,500 feet of the preserve.”

Lands in the 454-acre El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park units of the preserve are subject to the closure. The last closure of the preserve units due to fire danger was in 2004.  There are exemptions for: any federal, state, local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of official duty; or, persons with a special permit or contract specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited entry.

In addition to the Pine Hill closure, BLM put fire restrictions into effect June 18 for all public lands managed by the Folsom Field Office.

The 4,042-acre Pine Hill Preserve is home to eight rare plant species. Three of the plant species grow nowhere else in the world. The preserve was established to mitigate the effects of rapid suburban development in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento, and to allow development to proceed in compliance with the California and federal Endangered Species Acts.   BLM manages all lands within the preserve under a cooperative agreement with seven other state, federal, and local agencies.

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Folsom Field Office  63 Natoma Street  Folsom, Ca 95630