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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central California District
 
Release Date: 04/11/14
Contacts: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332    
  Brian Mulhollen (916) 941-3118    

BLM to Temporarily Close Red Corral Road during Suppression of Mine Fire


The Bureau of Land Management has announced that part of Red Corral Road near the community of Pioneer in Amador County will be temporarily closed beginning Saturday, April 12, as crews work to extinguish a fire inside a mine.  The road will be reopened when firefighting operations are completed.

The closure will affect about a mile of the road from one mile north of the junction with State Highway 26 to a mile south of the intersection with Tiger Creek Road.  The closure is needed to provide access and operating space for emergency vehicles.  It will not affect access to homes, but will limit access to some recreation areas on public lands.

The fire broke out Friday, April 11, inside an adit leading into an underground mine along Red Corral Road.  It is burning mine timbers and debris, but it not currently threatening homes.  Fire crews from CAL FIRE are working to contain the blaze to the mine adit, keeping it off adjacent wildlands.  The cause is under investigation.

Officials asked the public to stay away from the area while fire suppression is underway.

They also stressed the importance of outdoor fire safety, as vegetation is drying rapidly because of drought conditions.




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Last updated: 04-16-2014