News Release

For Release:  August 1, 2008             
Contact:  David Christy    Phone 916-985-4474     
CA-CC-08-82

BLM Campgrounds on Merced River Closed

The Merced River Trail and three popular campgrounds along the Merced River near Briceburg in Mariposa County have been closed until further notice, having been overrun by the Telegraph Fire. 

"We're doing this to protect public safety," said John Scull, recreation planner with the Bureau of Land Management's Folsom’s Field Office.

The campgrounds - McCabe Flat, Willow Placer, and Railroad Flat - sustained damage from the fast-moving flames. Although the restrooms and other facilities largely are undamaged, vegetation on the steep slopes above the Merced River burned. The Merced River Trail, which follows the bed of the old Yosemite Railroad on the north side of the river, is in danger from landslides from the now-unstable slopes above the river. Rocks have been dropping onto the trail from the burned area.

For additional information contact BLM's Folsom Field Office at 916-985-4474.

-BLM-

Folsom Field Office – 63 Natoma Street, Folsom, CA   95630