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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Northern California District
 
Release Date: 08/30/12
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332 jfontana@blm.gov  
News Release No. NC-12-92

BLM to Reopen Roads, Campgrounds Closed During Rush Fire


High desert roads and campgrounds in northeast California and northwest Nevada that were closed to public access during the Rush Fire northeast of Susanville will be reopened to the public Friday, Aug. 31.

The Dodge Reservoir and Ramhorn Springs campgrounds and all roads through the fire area, including the Smoke Creek Ranch, Buckhorn, Rye Patch, Horn,  Garate,  Ramhorn, Shinn Ranch, Stoney, Deep Cut, Skedaddle Ranch, Brubeck, Buffalo Meadows and Dry Valley roads will reopen, said officials from the Bureau of Land Management’s Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville.

The fire, started by lightning Aug. 12, was expected to be contained today at 315,577 acres.  Fire crews will remain in the fire area over the coming week or more.

“It is important that people driving through the area keep a watchful eye for fire crews and equipment, especially in the areas along the Buckhorn Road in the northern part of the fire,” said BLM Eagle Lake Field Manager Ken Collum. He also asked visitors to keep their vehicles on roads and trails and out of burned areas to avoid damaging soils that have lost their protective plant cover.

Collum also reminded visitors that fire dangers are extreme and that fire restrictions are in effect.  Campfires are not allowed except in posted, developed recreation sites and campgrounds, smoking is not allowed except inside buildings or enclosed vehicles, and use of internal combustion engines is allowed only on roads and trails.  Chainsaw use is prohibited.

In the coming weeks, BLM staff members specializing in wildlife biology, rangeland conservation and hydrology will be at work in the burned area, assessing fire impacts and developing restoration plans.

“This was the largest fire that has ever burned on lands managed by the BLM-California, Collum said.   “We face a huge task in restoring habitat for wildlife and wild horses, and grazing allotments important to local ranchers and the regional economy. We will be involving the public in developing restoration plans.”




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Last updated: 08-30-2012