BLM announces temporary safety closure of public lands in Alpine County

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Today, the Bureau of Land Management, Carson City District in coordination with local officials announced an emergency closure of public lands in Alpine County, CA, approximately three miles northeast of Markleeville. This closure is necessary to ensure public safety during fire rehabilitation operations after the Tamarack Fire which started July 4. This closure will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 21, and will expire on November 30, 2021, unless otherwise rescinded.

The closure area includes all public land areas, trails, excluding Airport Road managed by the BLM Carson City District. Pursuant to 43 CFR 9212.2, each of the following persons are exempt from this order:

1. Persons conducting activities in the designated area where the activity is specifically authorized by written notice by the BLM authorized officer.

2. Any Federal, state, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

BLM will post the Order at the main entry points to this area. A copy of the Closure Order and a map of the affected area will be available at and at the BLM Carson City District Office (5665 Morgan Mill Road).

Throughout the closure, the area of public land that is temporarily closed will be patrolled by BLM Law Enforcement.

For further information, please contact Paul Fuselier at 775-885-6177.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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Lisa Ross