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West Desert District Office
Release Date: 07/23/14
Contacts: Teresa Rigby, 801-232-9252    

Simpson Springs Recreation Area Temporarily Closed

West Valley City, Utah – Due to significant fire activity in the Simpson Mountain region of Tooele County, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a temporary closure order for the Simpson Springs Recreation Area. The purpose of the order is to minimize risks to public health and safety, while also providing a base camp for fire crews on the Sheep and Lion Peak (also known as Simpson Complex) fires. The recreation area and campground will remain closed from July 22, 2014 until public health and safety is no longer at risk. “Although the Simpson Springs Recreation Area is not currently threatened, it is a key location for fire suppression operations. We appreciate the public’s cooperation as we work to contain these fires,” said Kevin Oliver, BLM West Desert District Manager.

For a copy of the closure order, and map, visit For more information contact the West Desert District Office at (801)977-4300.

When visiting your public lands, please remember that fire danger remains high. For your safety stay informed on current, predicted conditions at  

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

West Desert District Office   2370 S. Decker Lake BLVD      West Valley City, UT 84119  

Last updated: 07-23-2014