BLM temporarily restricts access to Fort Sage OHV Area

Burned hill in the high desert. Photo by the BLM.

SUSANVILLE, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management is temporarily restricting public access to the Fort Sage Off-Highway Vehicle Area in Lassen County to protect public health and safety in the aftermath of the Laura 2 Fire.

“The Laura 2 fire damaged several areas of the OHV area this week, and our crews are now working to assess impacts to determine what we need to do to assure safe and sustainable public use,” said Emily Ryan, manager of the BLM’s Eagle Lake Field Office. “Fire crews are still patrolling the fire perimeter and taking care of any hot spots. We will reopen the area as soon as it is safe to do so.”

The temporary closure order is for all roads, trails and trailheads managed by the BLM. The order will remain in effect until the fire is determined to no longer pose a public safety risk.

The Laura 2 Fire, fanned by high winds and fueled by dry brush and grass, burned about 2,000 acres on Tuesday, Nov. 17. It burned onto public lands after destroying homes and other buildings in the community of Doyle.

The Fort Sage OHV Area just east of Doyle provides about 100 miles of roads and trails for motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and four-wheel drive trucks.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

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