BLM issues emergency closure of Rocky Bar Road due to wildland fire hazards


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A creek runs through large boulders in the forest.

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Mother Lode Field Office is issuing a temporary emergency closure of the Rocky Bar Road area about five miles west of Grizzly Flats in El Dorado County due to wildland fire hazards. The area was burned during the Caldor Fire and there are hazards to public health and safety.

The closed area includes BLM-managed public lands north of Grizzly Flats Road, south of Slug Gulch Road, west of the El Dorado National Forest Boundary and east of Ant Hill Road, all near the Middle Fork, Cosumnes River.  The closure includes Rocky Bar Road where it crosses BLM-managed lands.

“There is a danger of mudslides, falling trees and rolling rocks, and members of the public must stay out of the area for their own safety,” said Elizabeth Meyer-Shields, manager of the BLM Mother Lode Field Office.  “This emergency closure will be in effect until further notice.”

A copy of the emergency closure order can be viewed here:  A map of the area is available here:

The Caldor Fire has burned 221,774 acres, including more than 2,000 acres of BLM-managed public lands, since it started Aug. 14.  It is now 93 percent contained.

More information on the emergency closure is available from the Mother Lode Field Office at 916-941-3101.

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.