Notice of Temporary Closures of Selected Public Lands in La Paz County, Arizona, 6038-6040 [2016-02142]
[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 23 (Thursday, February 4, 2016)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-02142]
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management
Notice of Temporary Closures of Selected Public Lands in La Paz
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of temporary closures.
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that a closure is in effect on public
lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Lake Havasu
DATES: The closure will be in effect from 2 p.m., February 5, 2016,
p.m., February 6, 2016, Mountain Standard Time.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Azar, Colorado River District
Chief Ranger, or Amanda Deeds, Outdoor Recreation Planner, at BLM Lake
Havasu Field Office, 2610 Sweetwater Avenue, Lake Havasu City, Arizona
86406, telephone 928-505-1200. Persons who use a telecommunications
device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay
Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during
normal business hours. FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
to leave a message or question for the above individual. You will
receive a reply during normal business hours.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The closure affects public lands in the Lake
Havasu Field Office, under its administration in La Paz County,
Arizona. This action is being taken to help ensure public safety,
prevent unnecessary environmental degradation, and to protect natural
and cultural resources adjacent to the event site during the Best in
the Desert (BITD) Racing Association ``BlueWater Resort Parker 425''
official permitted off-highway vehicle (OHV) events.
The closure order is issued under the authority of 43 CFR part 8340
subpart 8341; 43 CFR part 8360, subpart 8364.1; and 43 CFR part 2932
which allows the BLM to establish closures for the protection of
persons; property; and public lands and resources. Violation of any of
the terms, conditions, or restrictions contained within this closure
order may subject the violator to citation or arrest with a penalty or
fine or imprisonment or both as specified by law.
Description of Race Course Closed Area: With the exception of
access to designated spectator areas, areas subject to this closure
include all public lands situated within the interior of the race
course, as well as county-maintained roads and highways located within
two miles of the designated course's perimeter. Beginning at the
eastern boundary of the Colorado River Indian Tribe (CRIT) Reservation,
the closed area runs east along Shea Road, then east into Osborne Wash
on the Parker-Swansea Road to the Central Arizona Project (CAP) Canal,
then north on the west side of the CAP Canal, crossing the canal on the
county-maintained road, running northeast into Mineral Wash Canyon,
then southeast on the county-maintained road, through the four-corners
intersection to the Midway (Pit) intersection, then east on
Transmission Pass Road, through State Trust Land located in Butler
Valley, turning north into Cunningham Wash to North Tank; continuing
south to Transmission Pass Road and east (reentering public land)
within two miles of Alamo Dam Road. The course turns south and west
onto the wooden power line road, onto the State Trust Land in Butler
Valley, turning southwest into Cunningham Wash to the Graham Well,
intersecting Butler Valley Road, then north and west on the county-
maintained road to the ``Bouse Y'' intersection, two miles north of
Bouse, Arizona. The course proceeds north, paralleling the Bouse-
Swansea Road to the Midway (Pit) intersection, then west along the
north boundary (power line) road of the East Cactus Plain Wilderness
Area to Parker-Swansea Road. The course turns west into Osborne Wash
crossing the CAP Canal, along the north boundary of the Cactus Plain
Wilderness Study Area; it continues west staying in Osborne Wash and
crossing Shea Road along the southern boundary of Gibraltar Wilderness,
rejoining Osborne Wash at the CRIT Reservation boundary.
Closure Restrictions: The following acts are prohibited during the
temporary land closures:
1. Being present on or driving on the designated race course or the
adjacent lands described above. All spectators must stay within the
designated spectator areas. The spectator areas have protective fencing
and barriers. This does not apply to race participants, race officials,
nor emergency vehicles authorized or operated by local, State, or
Federal government agencies. Emergency medical response shall only be
conducted by personnel and vehicles operating under the guidance of the
La Paz County Emergency Medical Services and Fire, the Arizona
Department of Public Safety, or the BLM.
2. Vehicle parking or stopping in areas affected by the closures,
except where such is specifically allowed (designated spectator areas).
3. Camping in the closed area described above, except in the
designated spectator areas.
4. Discharge of firearms.
5. Possession or use of any fireworks.
6. Cutting or collecting firewood of any kind, including dead and
down wood or other vegetative material.
7. Operating any vehicle including all-terrain vehicles,
motorcycles, utility terrain vehicles, golf carts, rhinos, side by
sides, and any OHV which are not legally registered for street and
8. Operating any vehicle in the area of the closure or on roads
within the event area at a speed of more than 35 mph. This does not
apply to registered race vehicles during the race, while on the
designated race course.
9. Failure to obey any official sign posted by the BLM, La Paz
County, or the race promoter.
10. Parking any vehicle in violation of posted restrictions, or in
such a manner as to obstruct or impede normal or emergency traffic
movement or the parking of other vehicles, create a safety hazard, or
endanger any person, property, or feature. Vehicles parked in violation
are subject to citation, removal, and/or impoundment at the owner's
11. Failure to obey any person authorized to direct traffic or
control access to event area including law enforcement officers, BLM
officials, and designated race officials.
12. Failure to observe spectator area quiet hours of 10 p.m. to 6
13. Failure to keep campsite or race viewing site free of trash and
14. Allowing any pet or other animal to be unrestrained. All pets
must be restrained by a leash of not more than six feet in length.
15. Spectator area site reservations. Denying other visitors or
parties from utilizing unoccupied portions of the spectator area.
Exceptions to Closure: The restrictions do not apply to emergency
or law enforcement vehicles owned by the United States, the State of
Arizona, or La Paz County, and designated race officials, participants,
pit crews, or persons operating on their behalf. All BITD registered
media personnel are permitted access to existing routes 50 feet from
the race course per BITD standards.
Penalties: Any person who violates these closures rules may be
tried before a United States magistrate and fined in accordance with 18
U.S.C. 3571, imprisoned no more than 12 months under 43 U.S.C. 1733(a)
and 43 CFR 8360.0-7, or both. In accordance with 43 CFR 8365.1-7, State
or local officials may also impose penalties for violations of Arizona
Effect of Closure: The entire area encompassed by the designated
course and all areas outside the course as described above and in the
time period as described above are closed to all vehicles. The
authorized applicant or their representatives are required to post
warning signs, control access to, and clearly mark the event route and
areas, common access roads, and road crossings during the closure
period. Support vehicles under permit for operation by event
participants must follow the race permit stipulations.
Authority: 43 CFR 8364.1.
[FR Doc. 2016-02142 Filed 2-3-16; 8:45 am]
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