Cottonwood Fire Temporary Area Closure on Portions of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, the Red Rock National Conservation Area, and Las Vegas Field Office

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Bureau of Land Management Southern Nevada District have established temporary area closures in the area of the Cottonwood Fire on portions of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Las Vegas Field Office due to public safety concerns during fire suppression and rehabilitation activities.

The following activities are prohibited on the SMNRA and BLM lands:

1.       Going into or being within the Cottonwood Fire Closure Area as show on the attached map.

These closures will be in effect beginning July 24, 2020 at 5 p.m., and will remain in effect until officials with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management determine the area is once again safe for the public use.

Members of the public are cautioned that failure to comply with the closure orders may result in criminal and/or civil penalties including fines, jail, or both.

“Our number one priority is firefighter and public safety. This closure will allow firefighters to work to gain control of the fire as well as mitigate hazards within the fire perimeter that could adversely affect the public. We will reopen the area as soon as it is safe to do so,” said Marty Woods, Fire Management Officer for the SMNRA.

The BLM manages more than 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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.

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