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.