BLM reopens some Trinity County public lands after emergency closure
REDDING, Calif. – In time for the Labor Day weekend, the Bureau of Land Management has reopened some public lands and campgrounds in Trinity County, after a two-week emergency closure in place due to public safety concerns from the nearby Monument Fire.
The Redding Field Office announced reopening of the 23-site Douglas City Campground along with roads and day use areas along Steiner Flat Road. The Steel Bridge Campground remains open. The Junction City Campground along State Highway 299 is closed, along with a number of other areas near the fire.
“We are happy to reopen these recreation areas and Trinity River access but remind people that the Monument Fire is still active to the west along highway 299,” said BLM Redding Field Manager Jennifer Mata. “We ask that visitors watch for fire equipment and be vigilant about conditions.”
Mata reminded visitors that BLM-managed public lands closer to the fire remain closed. Details on all fire-related public land closures can be found at https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/california/fire-restrictions. Closed areas have been marked with signs.
As of Sept. 2, the Monument Fire, burning on both sides of route 299 in the Del Loma area had burned more than 176,000 acres and was 20 percent contained.
This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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.