Federal Register: December 30, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 250)NoticesPage 73573From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management
AZ-070-00-7122-00-56-36, SRP-00-06/07Temporary Closure of Selected Public Lands in La Paz County, AZ, During the Operation of the 2000 Whiplash Parker 400K/200K (kilometer) Desert Race(s)
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.
SUMMARY: The Lake Havasu Field Office Manager announces the temporary closure of selected public lands under its administration in La Paz County, Arizona. This action is being taken to help ensure public safety and prevent unnecessary environmental degradation during the official permitted running of the 2000 Whiplash Parker 400K/200K Desert Race.
DATES: January 14, 2000, through January 16, 2000.
SUPPLEMENTARY REGULATIONS: Specific restrictions and closure periods are as follows:
1. The portion of the race course comprised of BLM lands, roads and ways located 2 miles either side of:
(a) Shea Road from the eastern boundary of the Colorado River Indian Tribes Reservation to the junction with Swansea Road and 2 miles either side of Swansea Road from its junction with Shea Road to the eastern bank of the Central Arizona Project Canal.
(b) Swansea Road from its junction with Shea Road to the Four Corners intersection.
(c) The unpaved road that runs from ``Midway'', north to Mineral Wash and then west to the CAP Canal is closed to public use from 6 a.m. Friday morning, January 14, 2000 to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 16, 2000.
2. The entire designated race course is closed to all vehicles except authorized and emergency vehicles.
3. Vehicle parking or stopping in areas affected by the closure is prohibited except in the designated spectator areas. Emergency parking for brief periods of time is permitted on roads open for public use.
4. Spectator viewing (on public land) is limited to the designated spectator areas located South and North of Shea Road, as signed app. 8 miles east of Parker, Arizona.
5. The following regulations will be in effect for the duration of the closure:
Unless otherwise authorized, no person shall:
a. Camp in any area outside of the designated spectator areas.
b. Enter any portion of the race course or any wash located within the race course, including all portions of Osborne Wash.
c. Spectate or otherwise be located outside of the designated spectator areas.
d. Cut or collect firewood of any kind, including dead and down wood or other vegetative material.
e. Firearms must be unloaded and cased, and are not to be used during the closure.
f. Fireworks are prohibited.
g. Operate any vehicle (other than registered event vehicles), including an off-highway vehicle (OHV), which is not legally registered for street and highway operation, including operation of such a vehicle in spectator viewing areas, along the race course, and in designated pit areas.
h. Park 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 so parked are subject to citation, removal and impoundment at the owner's expense.
i. Take any vehicle through, around or beyond a restrictive sign, recognizable barricade, fence, or traffic control barrier.
j. Fail to keep their site free of trash and litter during the period of occupancy or fail to remove all personal equipment, trash, and litter upon departure.
k. Violate quiet hours by causing an unreasonable noise as determined by the authorized officer between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Mountain Standard Time.
l. Allow any pet or other animal in their care to be unrestrained at any time. Signs and maps directing the public to the designated spectator areas will be provided by the Bureau of Land Management and/ or the event sponsor. The above restrictions do not apply to emergency vehicles and vehicles owned by the United States, the State of Arizona or to La Paz County. Vehicles under permit for operation by event participants must follow the race permit stipulations. Operators of permitted vehicles shall maintain a maximum speed limit of 35 mph on all La Paz County and BLM roads and ways. Authority for closure of public lands is found in 43 CFR Part 8340, Subpart 8341;
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bryan Pittman, District Law Enforcement Ranger, or Myron McCoy, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Lake Havasu Field Office, 2610 Sweetwater Avenue, Lake Havasu City, Arizona 86406, (520) 505-1200.
Dated: December 23, 1999. Donald Ellsworth, Field Manager, Lake Havasu Field Office.
FR Doc. 99-33947Filed12-29-99; 8:45 amBILLING CODE 4310-32-M