June 26, 2006
Contact: Rey Adame 307-352-0399
Ron Giles 307-352-0203
Access to BLM Office Closed on July Fourth for Safety and Security Reasons
The Bureau of Land Management office in Rock Springs will close access to its office facility and immediate adjacent areas located on U. S. Highway 191 on Tuesday, July Fourth. “Individual safety is our primary purpose for preventing the public from entering the parking and adjoining areas,” said Mike Holbert, Rock Springs Field Manager.
In past years, local residents have lined both sides of Highway 191 in front of and across the street from the BLM building to watch the fireworks display at the Sweetwater Events Complex. Some people illegally lit fireworks on and near BLM property. This created a safety and fire hazard for the BLM and the public who were parked nearby.
“It is still very easy to accidentally ignite a fire. We would like to remind everyone that it is illegal to ignite fireworks on public land,” said Rey Adame, public affairs officer for the Rock Springs BLM office. We are taking preventive measures by pre-positioning engine crews on public lands around the Rock Springs area. We’re hoping for a safe holiday, but prepared to respond if needed,” Adame said.
The BLM office will observe the federal holiday on Tuesday, July 4th. It will open for business at its regular time on Wednesday, July 5th. For more information contact Ron Giles in the BLM office at 307-352-0203.