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- Spotted Bear Ranger StationPhone:406-758-5376Hours:7 days/week, 8:00a - 4:30p
Spotted Bear Ranger District - Ursus Fire Area and Trail Closure
Closures - 09/10/2022
Order Number: # 01-10-04-22-08
U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service Flathead National Forest
Spotted Bear Ranger District
Area and Trail Closure
Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 C.F.R. § 261.50 (a)(b) the following is prohibited on the National Forest System (NFS) lands, and trails in the Spotted Bear Ranger District, Flathead National Forest, described below and shown on the attached map incorporated into this Order as Exhibit A.
- It is prohibited to go into the area or be upon any road or trail closed for the protection of: Public health or safety. 36 C.F.R. § 261.53(e).
Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:
- Persons with Forest Service Permit No. FS-7700-48 (Permit for Use of Roads, Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation or Order), specifically exempting them from this Order or a written determination by a Forest Service authorized officer that a permit is not required under 36 C.F.R. § 251.50(e)(1) or (2).
- Any Federal, State, or Local Officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting resource in the performance of an official duty.
Area: As depicted on the map attached as Exhibit A and here by incorporated into this Order, National Forest System Lands are closed that are located in the Rapid Creek Drainage east of Trail #126. Starting where Trail #126 crosses Rapid Creek in Section 30, Township 19 North, Range 11 West, then northerly to Sentinel Mountain, then northeasterly along the Ayres Creek and Rapid Creek Divide to Ayres Peak, then northeasterly along the Stadler Creek/Rapid Creek Divide to the Continental Divide, then southeasterly along said divide to Observation Point, then westerly and northwesterly along the divide between Rapid Creek and Bar, Spring, and Danaher Creeks to the intersection of said divide with trail #126, the northerly along said trail to Rapid Creek, the point of beginning. Trail #126 to remain open.
Trails: As depicted on the map attached as Exhibit A and here by incorporated into this Order, National Forest System Trail #273 (Ayres Creek), #272 (Fiction Creek) and #139 (Rapid Creek) are closed in their entirety.
The purpose of this Order is to provide for public and firefighter safety due to active fire suppression activities on the Ursus Fire.
- This Order shall be in effect from September 9, 2022, at 0700 through December 31, 2022, at 1700, unless rescinded.
- A map identifying the Described Area/Trails is attached and made part of this Order as Exhibit A. For a digital version of this Order and Exhibit A, go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/flathead/alerts-notices.
- Unless otherwise expressly defined in this Order, the terms used in this Order are defined by the regulations of the Secretary of Agriculture, 36 C.F.R. Chapter II, Parts 200-299. If there are terms in this Order that are not expressly defined in the Order or 36 C.F.R. Chapter II, Parts 200-299, their meaning shall be determined by their plain language definitions.
- A violation of the above prohibitions is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, or by imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. 16 U.S.C. § 551; 18 U.S.C.
- § 3559, 3571, and 3581.
- Contact the Spotted Bear Ranger District in Hungry Horse, MT, at (406) 758-5376 or Flathead National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Kalispell, MT, (406) 758-5208 for more information about this Order.
- This Order supersedes any previous Orders prohibiting the same or similar acts in or on the same Described Area, Road, or Trail.
Signed and issued on .
Kurtis E. Steele Forest Supervisor
Flathead National Forest