BLM Logo
California Desert District
Release Date: 05/26/11
Contacts: David Briery , 951=697-5220  
  Steve Razo , 951=697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-11-40

Emergency Fire-Prevention Closure in Riverside County's Whitewater Canyon

Effective immediately, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is temporarily closing public lands in and near Whitewater Canyon in Riverside County, Calif. due to hazardous fire conditions. 

 “A wildfire in Whitewater Canyon under present conditions could pose a serious threat to the public and public-land resources, as well as adjacent private lands and communities,” warned BLM Palm Springs Field Manager John Kalish.  Severe conditions brought on by hot weather, which has desiccated the thick growth of spring vegetation in Whitewater Canyon make this closure necessary, explained Kalish.  The order will remain in effect until fire conditions warrant a lifting of the closure.

Approximately 4,234 acres of public lands in the canyon are now closed to public.  A map and description of this closure is available at:, and is posted at the entrance to Whitewater Canyon.  Persons using the Whitewater Canyon Road as a means of accessing the Whitewater Preserve are not affected by this closure.  Other uses of the canyon are exempted from the closure as specified in the order.

For further information, please contact the BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office at (760) 833-7100.


California Desert District   22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos      Moreno Valley, CA 92553  

Last updated: 05-26-2011