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Okanogan Complex Closure

Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest Closure Order 957

Incident: Okanogan Complex Wildfire
Released: 9/18/2015

ORDER NO ­­957_

OCCUPANCY AND USE
And
NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM ROADS AND TRAILS
OKANOGAN WENATCHEE NATIONAL FOREST

Pursuant to Title 36 CFR 261.50(a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited on designated portions of the National Forest System (NFS) roads, trails, and lands as shown on attached map and described below within the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests.

1. To go into or be upon any area which is closed for the protection of public safety. For the purpose of this order , this restriction prohibits entry onto National Forest System lands and includes all methods of travel on all roads and trails along the boundary and within the area described below: (36 CFR 261.53 (e)). This restriction is effective beginning September __, 2015, and will remain in effect until rescinded.

Tonasket and Methow Valley Ranger Districts

Area Closures –Okanogan Complex Fires

Conconully Closure

  1. Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.

  2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of on official duty.

    This prohibition is in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFR 261, Subpart A

    Done at Wenatchee, Washington, this 17th _day of September, 2015.

    /s/ Jason Kuiken for __

    MICHAEL R. WILLIAMS

    Forest Supervisor

    Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest

    Violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both. (Title 16 USC Section 551 and USC 3559 and 3571).


Assessment of Need and Enforcement Plan

1. Background – The lightning caused Lime Belt and Beaver Lake Fires (Okanogan Complex) are burning in and around the vicinity of Conconully, WA.

2. Intent of Subpart B Order – The intent of the order is provide for public safety by not allowing people to be in the area where fire activity is ongoing and snag and fire traffic is hazardous.

3. Enforcement Plan – On-site posting will be completed on September 16, 2015 by posting a road closure sign at Forest Road 4200 and at the junction of Forest Service Road 38 and 3810. Trail closures include Beaver Lake #356 and Schallow Mt #361.

Action

Responsible Official(s)

Initials/Date

Approve Order

Forest Supervisor or Regional Forester (Deputy or Acting Should Not Sign)

Post Order (36 CFR 261.51)

District Ranger/Forest Supervisor

Prepare management objectives

Describe implementation/action taken for order, such as planned patrols, enforcement strategies, tolerance, contacts to local public agencies.

PAO (with Appropriate Staff/LEI)

Implement plan

LEO/field going personnel

/s/ Jason Kuiken for _ 9/17/15__

Michael R. Williams Date

Forest Supervisor

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF

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