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Dillon Field Office
Release Date: 07/02/12
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BLM Re-Opens Some Madison River Recreation Sites

DILLON (July 2, 2012) – The Bureau of Land Management has re-opened several of its recreation sites along the Madison River after closing them in the interest of public safety during the Bear Trap 2 Fire.

As of 10 a.m. July 2, the BLM’s Dillon Field Office re-opened public access to Trapper Springs Campground, Red Mountain Recreation Area, Warm Springs Recreation Area, and Bear Trap Canyon Wilderness Area.

This partially rescinds the previous emergency fire closure of BLM lands administered by the Dillon Field Office on June 25.

The following sites remain closed to public access: Bear Trap Road, including the Bear Trap Wilderness Trailhead and dispersed camping sites along Bear Trap Road; Canaday Boat Launch; and dispersed camping sites west of the river along the county road.

The public should use caution when entering this area because there are lingering effects from the fire, including smoldering vegetation, burning stump holes, blowing ash, and the potential for mudslides.

The BLM would also like to remind the public that fireworks are prohibited on state and federal lands.

The smallest spark has the potential to cause significant damage, so always crush cigarettes “dead out,” never leave a campfire unattended, ensure that your vehicle has a properly installed spark arrester that is operational, and stop and park only in areas clear of vegetation.  Also remember that cross-country travel is not allowed on most federal and state lands. 

Always be prepared: carry a shovel, bucket and fire extinguisher.  Anyone operating haying and harvesting equipment should be especially vigilant. 

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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.

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Last updated: 07-02-2012