[Federal Register: August 20, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 160)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management
Notice of Emergency Closure of Public Lands in Tulare County, CA
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that approximately 560 acres of public
lands have been temporarily closed to all public use. This closure is
made under the authority of 43 CFR 8364.1 Closure and Restriction
Orders. The closed area is in the vicinity of Kaweah, California in
Tulare County and is within sections 13, 23, 24, and 26 T. 16S.R.28E.
Mount Diablo Baseline and Meridian. All entry will be restricted during
this emergency closure to protect persons, property, public lands, and
natural resources. Closure signs will be posted at main entry points to
this area. Gates and fencing will be installed to exclude vehicular
entry and parking.
DATES: The emergency closure is effective May 24, 2007 and will remain
in effect until the Bakersfield Field Office completes a revision to
the current Resource Management Plan and an Activity Plan which will
establish permanent rules for the public use of the property.
ADDRESSES: Maps of the closure area may be obtained from the
Bakersfield Field Office, 3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield, California
93308. Phone (661) 391-6000.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diane Simpson (661) 391-6120 or Steve
Larson (661) 391-6099.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The approximately 560 acres of public land
known locally as the Paradise, Advance and Cherry Falls Recreation
Sites along North Fork Drive receive a significant amount of public use
during the summer months. The existing infrastructure including: the
access road; parking areas; and sanitation facilities are inadequate to
accommodate the large numbers of visitors thus creating unsafe and
The closure is necessary to protect visitors to public lands and
public lands and facilities. Overcrowding at these sites creates a
dangerous situation and visitors could be trapped if a wildfire started
and rapid evacuation was necessary.
Exemptions: Persons who are exempt from this emergency closure
include: Federal, State, or local officials or employees in the scope
of their duties; and members of any organized rescue or fire-fighting
force in performance of an official duty.
Penalties: Any person who fails to comply with the provisions of
this closure order may be subject to the penalties provided in 43 CFR
8360.0-7, which include a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or imprisonment
not to exceed 12 months.
Acting Bakersfield Field Manager.
[FR Doc. E7-16334 Filed 8-17-07; 8:45 am]
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