Dust peril shuts off-road park

Published: Thursday, May. 26, 2005 - 5:15 am
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 21, 2006 - 2:26 pm

The Bureau of Land Management announced Wednesday that it will close one of California's most popular off-road recreational vehicle areas during the dry months after tests showed riders kicking up dust with dangerously high levels of asbestos native to the region.

The moves closes 30,000 acres of public land that stretches over two Central Valley counties, BLM announced Wednesday.

The closure of the land within the Clear Lake Management area in southern San Benito and western Fresno counties will be June 4 to Oct. 15. The land will be closed to all public land use, vehicle and non-vehicle, with exceptions for private property landowners within the area and some others, the BLM said.

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