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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Northern California District
 
Release Date: 08/17/12
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332 or jfontana@blm.gov  
News Release No. NC-12-89

Dodge Reservoir, Buckhorn Road Added to Fire Closures


The U. S. Bureau of Land Management has announced that the Dodge Reservoir and Campground and the Buckhorn Road, from the junction with Marr Road to Nevada Highway 447, have been closed because of danger posted by the Rush Fire.

A larger public land closure put into place earlier this week remains in effect.  The closed area is bounded by U. S. Highway 395 on the west, the Sand Pass Road and Nevada Highway 447 on the east, the Juniper Ridge, Tuledad, Stage, Marr and Buckhorn Roads on the north, and the Wendel Road on the south.

Routes closed within this area include the Horn, Garate, Ryepatch, Ramhorn Springs, Shinn Ranch, Stoney, Deep Cut, Smoke Creek, Skedaddle Ranch, Dry Valley, and Brubeck roads.  The Ramhorn Springs Campground also is closed.

The BLM and Lassen County Sheriff’s Office are coordinating to enforce the closures.

“These closures are needed because this fast moving fire poses a danger to the public,” said Ken Collum, manager of the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office.  “People need to stay out of the area for their own safety.  Just as importantly, we need to protect firefighter safety by taking steps to ensure there are no conflicts with public traffic on narrow, rugged roads.”

Drivers on Highway 395 should be careful around emergency equipment.  The highway could be closed if conditions warrant.  Travelers should check conditions by calling the Caltrans information line, 800-427-7623, or visiting www.dot.ca.gov and using the highway conditions search feature.

The Rush Fire has burned about 200,000 acres since being ignited by lightning Sunday, Aug. 12.  It is burning vital habitat for sage-grouse and other wildlife including mule deer and pronghorn.  Habitat for federally protected wild horses and burros is affected as are livestock grazing areas.

The fire area includes the BLM Five Springs, Twin Peaks, Skedaddle and Dry Valley Rim wilderness study areas and the Dry Valley Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area.  Outdoor enthusiasts are asked to consider numerous other recreational options in the region until the fire is controlled.




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Last updated: 08-20-2012