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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOREST SERVICE SITGREAVES NATIONAL FOREST STAGE III FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Area Closure for Hazardous Fire Conditions

Posted: Jun 10, 2014 By: Hunter Moore


Holbrook, AZ (June 10, 2014)—PROHIBITIONS:

Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and Title 36 CFR 261.50 (a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited within the areas, roads, and trails within the Sitgreaves National Forest,Coconino County, Arizona. The "restricted area" is as described in this Order and as depicted in Exhibit A.

  1. Going into or being upon the restricted area. 36 CFR 261.52(e)

EXEMPTIONS:

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (e), the following persons are exempt from this order:

  1. Person with a Forest Service permit specifically authorizing the prohibited act or omission.
  2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  3. Persons occupied in a business, trade, or occupation in the area.
  4. Residents in the area may access their private property via closed Forest Service roads only to the extent necessary to access such property.

RESTRICTED AREA:

All National Forest System lands, roads, and trails within the boundaries described below and as depicted on the attached Exhibit A:

Rodeo/Chediski/Show Low South Closure Boundary: This area is described as the west side of Lakeside Ranger District and a small portion of the Black Mesa Ranger District south of Hwy 260.

  • Western boundary being NFS Road 139 starting at the junction of Hwy 260 and NFS Road 139, traveling south to NFS Road 141 and NFS Road 139 Junction, then traveling west to NFS Road 300 and NFS Road 141 junction. Then due west to Fort Apache Indian Reservation.
  • Southern Boundary being the boundary of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. From the Junction of NFS Road 300 and 141, junction west to Reservation Boundary. Then traveling east along Reservation Boundary to private land boundary 2 3/4 miles east of Hwy 60.
  • Eastern Boundary is Private/Forest land boundary on western edge of Wagon Wheel area.
  • Northern boundary is alongside the southern edge of State Highway 260 Private Land access is allowed within this closure.

Timber Mesa Closure Area:

  • Western Boundary is alongside the eastern edge of Penrod Road
    • Starting at the intersection of Porter Mtn road and Penrod Road traveling northwesterly along the Penrod Road to the intersection of Highway 60
  • Northern Boundary is alongside the southern edge of U.S. Highway 60. Starting at the intersection of Penrod Road and Hwy 60 traveling easterly to old Apache Railway Right of Way at Bell Siding.
  • Eastern Boundary is the old Apache Railway right of way located in the middle of Woolhouse Quiet Area. Starting at the intersection of Hwy 60 and traveling southeasterly to the intersection of Porter Mtn Road.
  • Southern Boundary is alongside the northern edge of County Road 45 (Porter Mountain Road) Traveling westerly on the Porter Mtn road to the intersection of Penrod Road.
  • Excluded areas:
    • Porter Mountain Cinder Pit and access road
    • Flume Mountain Cinder Pit
    • Private Landowner access and Private land

Southwest Vernon Closure Boundary:

  • Northern Boundary starting at Junction of NFS Road 283 and Apache County Road 3144 proceeding easterly along its southern shoulder to where the road leaves the Forest, then proceeding easterly along forest northern boundary until the intersection of Apache County Road 3140.
  • Eastern Boundary proceeding southerly along the western shoulder of Apache County Rd 3140 to the Junction of NFS Road 3.
  • Southern Boundary proceeding westerly along the northern shoulder of NFS Road 3 to the junction of NFS Road 283.
  • Western Boundary proceeding northerly along the eastern shoulder of NFS Road 283 to the Junction of NFS Road 283 and Apache County Road 3144.
  • PURPOSE:

    This order is necessary to protect public health and safety due to the increased fire danger.

    IMPLEMENTATION:

    1. This Order will be in effect when signed and shall remain in effect until September 1, 2014, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.
    2. Any violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for individuals, and $10,000.00 for organizations and/or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months. Title 16 USC 551, Title 18 USC Sections 3559, 3571.

    Done at Springerville, Arizona this 11th day of June, 2014.

    IAMES E. ZORNES
    Forest Supervisor
    Sitgreaves National

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