[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 45 (Tuesday, March 8, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Page 12753]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-5130]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Temporary Closures on Public Lands in Ada and Elmore 
Counties, ID

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of temporary closure.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Big Fire (FNW4) and 
Hot Tea Fire (FTF6) closures to motorized vehicle use are in 
effect on public lands administered by the Four Rivers Field Office, 
Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

DATES: The closures will be in effect on the date this notice is 
published in the Federal Register and will remain in effect for 2 years 
or until rescinded or modified by the authorized officer or designated 
Federal officer.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Terry Humphrey, Four Rivers Field 
Manager, at 3948 Development Avenue, Boise, Idaho 83705, via e-mail at 
terry_humphrey@blm.gov, or phone (208) 384-3430. 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 
individuals during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 
hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the 
above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business 
hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Big Fire closure affects public lands 
located in Ada County, Idaho approximately 3 miles northwest of Eagle, 
Idaho, which burned on July 28, 2010. The legal description of the 
affected public lands is:

Boise Meridian, Idaho

T. 5 N., R. 1 W.,
    Secs. 22 through 27, inclusive.
T. 5 N., R. 1 E.,
    Sec. 19;
    Sec. 30.

    The areas described contain approximately 1,920 acres.

    The Big Fire closure is necessary because occupied and potential 
habitat for slickspot peppergrass, a species listed as threatened under 
the Endangered Species Act, is at risk from further damage by motorized 
vehicles. The closure area includes a designated management area for 
slickspot peppergrass (MA-2C). The closure will allow burned areas to 
re-establish a vegetative cover which protects the soil from erosion 
and provides for moisture retention. The closure will help to ensure 
the long-term viability of slickspot peppergrass plants and their 
associated habitat in this area.
    The Hot Tea closure affects public lands in Elmore County, Idaho, 
burned August 27-29, 2010, by the Hot Tea Fire, 12 miles northwest of 
Mountain Home, Idaho. Unburned public lands in the Thorn Creek Pasture 
(4) of the Hammett 6 Allotment and north of the 
powerline in the Lower Bennett Creek Allotment will also be closed. The 
legal description of the affected public lands is:

Boise Meridian, Idaho

T. 2 S., R. 8 E.,
    Secs. 24 through 26, inclusive;
    Secs. 34 through 35, inclusive.
T. 2 S., R. 9 E.,
    Secs. 30 through 31, inclusive.
T. 3 S., R. 8 E.,
    Sec. 2;
    Secs. 12 through 13, inclusive;
    Secs. 24 through 25, inclusive.
T. 3 S., R. 9 E.,
    Secs. 5 through 8, inclusive;
    Secs. 17 through 20, inclusive;
    Secs. 28 through 30, inclusive.

    The areas described contain approximately 6,900 acres.

    The Hot Tea Fire closure is necessary to protect critical winter 
habitat for elk and mule deer as well as important sage-grouse habitat. 
The closure will help to slow the spread of noxious weeds; allow 
planted shrub, forb, and grass species to become established; and allow 
existing plants to recover from the effects of the fire. The closure 
will help ensure the long-term viability of habitat for wildlife 
populations in the area.
    The BLM will post closure signs at main entry points to the closed 
areas and/or other locations on-site. This closure will also be posted 
in the BLM Boise District office. Maps of the affected area and other 
documents associated with this closure are available at 3948 
Development Avenue, Boise, Idaho 83705. Under the authority of Section 
303(a) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 
1733(a)), 43 CFR 8360.0-7, and 43 CFR 8364.1, the BLM will enforce the 
following rule within the Big Fire and Hot Tea Fire closures:

Motorized Vehicles Must Not Be Used in the Closed Area

    Exemptions: The following persons are exempt from this order: 
Federal, State, and local officers and employees in the performance of 
their official duties; members of organized rescue or fire-fighting 
forces in the performance of their official duties; and persons with 
written authorization from the BLM.
    Penalties: Any person who violates the above rule may be tried 
before a United States Magistrate and fined no more than $1,000, 
imprisoned for no more than 12 months, or both. Violators may also be 
subject to the enhanced fines provided for in 18 U.S.C. 3571.

    Authority: 43 CFR 8364.1.

Terry Humphrey,
Four Rivers Field Manager.
[FR Doc. 2011-5130 Filed 3-7-11; 8:45 am]
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