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BLM Temporarily Closes Fort Sage OHV Area to Protect Public from Wildfire

The Long Valley Fire crossed Turtle Mountain and tore through the Fort Sage OHV Area early Tuesday evening. -Photo by Pat Ferris, BLM.

The Bureau of Land Management has temporarily closed the Fort Sage Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area, near Doyle, to protect the public from wildfire.

“Our goal is to provide a safe environment for the public, firefighters, and other emergency responders,” said Emily Ryan, assistant field manager for the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office. “Public land users and nearby residents are urged to stay away from the fire area for their own safety.”

As of noon, Wednesday, July 12th, the Long Valley Fire has burned an estimated 15,000 acres of grass and brush land. The blaze has also burned three structures. Evacuation orders, put in place Tuesday afternoon, have been lifted. Helicopters and air tankers have been assigned to assist fire engines and ground crews that are constructing fire lines.

Afternoon winds, high temperatures and dry fuels are challenging the firefighters and are causing the fire to spread, Ryan said.

Officials estimate that crews will contain the fire by Tuesday, July 18th.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor


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