News Release

For Release:  November 9, 2007                                                     
Contact:  Stephen Razo 951-697-5217; email:

BLM Rescinds Emergency Closure of Public Lands In Eastern San Diego County

The Bureau of Land Management has rescinded the emergency closure of public lands in the McCain Valley Conservation Area (Boulevard, CA) to include Cottonwood Campground, Lark Canyon Campground and Lark Canyon Day Use OHV Area as of Friday, November 9, 2007.

The following areas are also open for public access: Buck Canyon, Ranchita CA; Chariot Canyon, Julian CA; Rodriguez Canyon, Julian CA; and San Felipe Hills, Ranchita CA.

The public is reminded that campfires are still restricted to campgrounds only. The following year-round fire restrictions apply to all public lands within the California Desert District regardless of stage restrictions and are applicable year round.

Prohibitions include:

 1) The use of fireworks, including “safe and sane,”
 2) Possession or discharge of a firearm using incendiary, tracer, steel core, or armor piercing ammunition,
 3) The burning of, ignition of, or cause to burn of any tire, petroleum product, wires, magnesium, or any other hazardous or explosive materials, 
 4) All off-road vehicles being operated on public lands must be equipped with a properly installed spark arrester pursuant to 43 CFR 8343.1 © and California Vehicle Code 38366(a).

For further information, contact the El Centro Field Office at 760-337-4400.


California Desert District Office – 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553- (951) 697-5217