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For Release: October 26, 2007                                                    
Contact: Stephen Razo 951-697-5217; email: srazo@ca.blm.gov

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

To protect public health and safety, the Bureau of Land Management has issued an 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 effective today, October 26, 2007 through the end of the current fire emergency. The order is issued under the authority of 43 CFR 8364.1

The following areas are also closed to all visitors effective today, October 26, 2007 through the end of the current fire emergency: Buck Canyon and San Felipe Hill, Ranchita, Calif.; Chariot Canyon and Rodriguez Canyon, Julian, Calif.    Any person who fails to comply with a closure or restriction order issued under this subpart may be subject to the penalties provided in Sec. 8360.0-7 of this title.
            The following persons are exempt:
            * Owners and or lessees of land within the closure area are exempt from the prohibitions listed above to the extent necessary to gain access to their land.
            * Bureau of Land Management personnel in the performance of their duties.
            * Any federal, state, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
“The extreme fire conditions currently in this area prompt us to issue this closure order in the interest of public safety,” states Vicki Wood, BLM El Centro Field Office manager. According to Wood, the order will be lifted when containment of fires burning in the vicinity of these areas has been accomplished.
For further information, contact Stephen Razo at 951-697-5217.
California Desert District Office – 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553- (951) 697-5217

Last updated: 10-30-2007