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BLM Temporarily Closes Recreation Area in Madera and Fresno

BAKERSFIELD — The Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office has issued a temporary emergency closure of the San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area in Fresno and Madera counties due to wildland fire danger. The closure is effective immediately and remains in effect until further notice.

The Creek Fire is exhibiting extreme fire behavior and has burned nearly 145,000 acres in the Big Creek drainage between Shaver Lake, Big Creek, and Huntington Lake, with no containment. The fire is being managed by a Type 1 Incident Command Team for the Sierra National Forest. The latest information, including road closures and mandatory evacuation orders and warnings, is available at

The closure of the BLM-managed San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area prohibits all forms of public access to the approximately 7,000 acres of public land near the town of Auberry, along Smalley Road, west of Powerhouse Road.

This closure is necessary to protect public land users from risks associated with active wildland fire and suppression, protect wildland fire fighters from recreational activities, including hunting of wild game, suppression repair, emergency stabilization, burned area rehabilitation and damage to recreational and natural resources.

Outdoor recreationists are reminded that all public lands managed by the BLM Bakersfield Field Office are under fire restrictions. An interactive map and listing of fire restrictions throughout BLM California is available at

For more information on the Creek Fire, call 844-668-3473.

For specific questions on the San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area closure, please call 661-391-6000 during normal business hours.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the eleven 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.

The address for the Bakersfield Field Office is:
3801 Pegasus Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Follow the BLM on Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr @BLMCA and @BLMCalifornia.

A picture of the Creek Fire is available from the InciWeb page at Photo by Ryan Waugh.

This news release is available online at

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