As the Northern California wildfires spread and new ones break out additional areas are closed – the latest are two Bureau of Land Management recreation areas and campgrounds.
The BLM Ukiah Field Office is temporarily closing the North Cow Mountain Recreation Area, Rifle Range and South Cow Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area for public safety due to the proximity of both the River and Ranch fires, reports the Ukiah Daily Journal.
The Cow Mountain Recreation Management Area encompasses 60,000 acres of BLM-managed public land that is rugged terrain with elevations ranging from 800 to 4,000 feet. The northern area is set aside for non-motorized recreation, and the southern area is for off-highway vehicles. A creek and mountain ridge separate the areas, and the trail systems do not interconnect.
The 4.8 acre Blue Fire near Lake Don Pedro has forced the evacuation of the Blue Oaks campground. CAL Fire says that it was caused by an escaped campfire, reports My Mother Lode News.
Thankfully, fire crews quickly gained containment of the blaze. Crews will remain on scene this afternoon mopping up the incident.
For the latest fire information, visit the Cal Fire website. This temporary closure will remain in effect until further notice. For more information, contact the BLM Ukiah Field Office at 707-468-4000.