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Lake Havasu City, Ariz. - Parker Race Temporary Public Land Closure Scheduled

January 25, 2013

A temporary Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public land closure is scheduled for February 1-2, 2013, for the 42nd annual running of the Parker 425 Desert Race.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lake Havasu Field Office has announced the temporary closure of selected public lands under its administration in La Paz County, Arizona.

The Parker 425 Desert Race closure is in effect from 2:00 p.m. (MST) on Friday, February 1, 2013, through 11:59 p.m. (MST) on Saturday, February 2, 2013.

The closure is being done to help ensure public safety and prevent unnecessary environmental degradation during the permitted running of the Parker 425 Desert Race.

Areas subject to this closure include all public land; including county maintained roads and highways located within two miles of the designated course.

“As in past years, we will have designated spectator areas so people can enjoy the race,” said BLM Lake Havasu Field Manager Kim Liebhauser. “Post and cable fencing and concrete barriers will be used to designate two spectator areas in Bouse, Arizona. The five-mile long spectator area along Shea Road outside of Parker is above the race course, protected with post and cable fencing along the bluff, and will not require a speed zone.”

Liebhauser added, “The Parker Race is an important tradition to the community and public. We’ve had a perfect spectator safety record for over 40 years and we want to keep it that way.”

The race course and closure area description, restriction, and map of the designated race course are available at the Bureau of Land Management Lake Havasu Field Office, 2610 Sweetwater Avenue, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, 86406.

For more information contact Michael Dodson, Field Staff Ranger, BLM Lake Havasu Field Office at 928-505-1200.

BLM Announces “Fee-Free” Day at Recreation Sites

September 20, 2012

Lake Havasu City, Ariz. – To celebrate National Public Lands Day, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado River District will be waiving entrance fees to local recreation sites. The fee-free designation applies only to Saturday, September 29, 2012.

“This is a great way to help some folks, who might otherwise not have the opportunity, to experience their public lands and develop a passion for them as others have,” stated District Manager Roxie Trost.

Recreation areas in the BLM Colorado River District that will be free include the following sites.

Yuma Field Office – Squaw Lake Campground and Boat Launch, Senator Wash Boat Ramp and Day-Use Area, Senator Wash North Shore Campground, Senator Wash South Shore Campground, Oxbow Recreation and Wildlife Area, and Ehrenberg Sandbowl Off-Highway Vehicle Area

Kingman Field Office – Burro Creek, Wild Cow Springs, and Windy Point Recreation Sites

Lake Havasu Field Office – Crossroads and Empire Landing Campgrounds, Bullfrog Day-Use Area, and the 87 Lake Havasu Campsites

Site standard amenity and individual day-use fees at BLM recreation sites and areas will be waived. Other fees, such as overnight camping, concession fees, and group day-use will remain in effect.

**Just a reminder that Betty’s Kitchen Watchable Wildlife Area just north of Yuma continues to be closed due to the Laguna Fire that burned through the area in May 2011.

BLM Colorado River District Welcomes New Manager

August 30, 2012

Lake Havasu, Ariz. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado River District will welcome the new District Manager, Roxie Trost, at her swearing-in ceremony on August 24, 2012, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Trost began providing leadership to the Colorado River District on May 6, 2012, which was her official start date. As Colorado River District Manager, Trost oversees the Yuma, Kingman, and Lake Havasu Field Offices.

“Roxie Trost brings vast experience, an enthusiastic attitude, and a can-do spirit to the Colorado River District,” said BLM Arizona State Director Raymond Suazo. “I believe Roxie has a unique set of managerial skills and experiences to add to, and lead the Colorado River District employees and programs in a bright and exciting direction. Her range of experience, innovative management skills, ability to lead change, resolve difficult issues, and build partnerships make her an excellent choice for the BLM Colorado River District Manager.”

For the last eight years, Trost has served as the BLM Barstow Field Manager in California. She has also served in several key supervisory positions, including as a resource management specialist and outdoor recreation planner in both the BLM California Barstow and El Centro Field Offices. Her experience in California has prepared her well for a multitude of resource issues in the Colorado River District, especially managing a large and challenging recreation program.

“I am truly honored and humbled to have the opportunity to manage the outstanding BLM employees and diverse resource programs in the Colorado River District,” Trost said. “I enjoy working with people from all backgrounds and managing public lands and natural resources. This District holds some beautiful landscapes and provides amazing opportunities for visitors and residents alike. I am looking forward to this exciting opportunity.”

The BLM Colorado River District Office has management responsibility for 5.4 million acres of public lands in western Arizona stretching from the Mexican border to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area just outside Las Vegas, Nevada. While the District’s primary responsibility are for lands in Arizona, it also manages lands in California and Nevada. The District is known for its recreation opportunities, which include water sports, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, and off-highway vehicle use.

Wabayuma Fire Final Update

October 3, 2011

Kingman, Ariz. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kingman Field Office called the Wabayuma Fire located in the Wabayuma Peak Wilderness Area controlled and contained this morning at 8 a.m. with a total of 67 acres burned. The Wabayuma Peak Hiking Trail in the Haulapai Mountains has reopened as well.

“We have a variety of management strategies in our toolbox to meet multiple objectives on the landscape,” stated Fire Management Officer Michael Trent. “The Wabayuma fire enabled us to reduce the hazardous fuels in that area, which will help prevent catastrophic wildfires in the future when weather conditions are much less favorable.”

Smoke was visible in the Kingman area throughout the course of the fire. “Smoke is always a concern when we have a wildfire and we really appreciate the public’s patience and support during this fire,” said Trent.

Lori Cook
Bureau of Land Management
Colorado River District
2555 Gila Ridge Road
Yuma, AZ 85365

Wabayuma wildfire Fact Sheet

September 24, 2011

Kingman, Arizona – A lightning caused fire on Wabayuma Peak wilderness is being managed for multiple objectives. The Wabayuma fire is located 15 miles south of Kingman Arizona along the Hualapai mountain range that continues to exhibit low intensity fire spread in interior chaparral and ponderosa pine which are both vegetation communities that are adapted to periodic fire.

The fire is in very steep, rugged terrain and is not safe to place firefighters in the area. The fire continues to be managed for multiple objectives; including reducing hazardous fuels, improving wildlife habitat and ecosystem resiliency.

Residents in the Kingman and surrounding areas may observe smoke while the fire continues to burn.

Start Date: Fire was first reported on September 17, 2011

Location: Wabayuma Peak Wilderness along the Hualapai Mountain range on the Colorado River District BLM.

Jurisdiction: Arizona BLM, Colorado River District

Fire Size: 61 acres

Cause: Lightning

Closure Information: Wabayuma Peak hiking trail

Evacuations: None

Structures Threatened: The closest structures are 2.5 miles to the north of the fire perimeter in the Walnut Creek drainage.

Fuels: Interior chaparral and ponderosa pine stringers with a heavy dead and down component.

Fire Crews / Resources: 1 wildland engine, 1 helicopter with crew

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