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Pinal Fire Closure

PINAL FIRE PUBLIC SAFETY CLOSURE ORDER

Incident: Pinal Fire Wildfire
Released: 5/13/2017

Order Number 12-17-304

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

FOREST SERVICE

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST

GLOBE RANGER DISTRICT

PINAL FIRE PUBLIC SAFETY CLOSURE ORDER

PROHIBITIONS:

Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 551 and 36 C.F.R. 261.50 (a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited on the areas, roads, and trails described in this order, and depicted on the attached map hereby incorporated as Exhibit A (the “closure area”), all within the Globe Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest, Arizona:

  1. Going into or being upon the area described in the Order. 36 CFR 261.53(e)

  2. Being on the trail. 36 CFR 261.55 (a)

  3. Being on a road. 36 CFR 261.54 (e)

EXEMPTIONS:

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

  1. Persons with a US Forest Service permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
  1. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.

  1. Employees, contractors and subcontractors of various companies, while working on or travelling to and from communications facilities at the top of Pinal Mountain.

RESTRICTED AREA:

All National Forest System Lands, roads, and trails within the perimeter described here. Starting at NFSR 112 and the forest boundary, northerly along the eastern edge of NFSR 112 (NFSR 112 is closed) to a point immediately north of the Ice House CCC campground, then in approximately 1.25 miles in a direct line Northwesterly to NFSR 651 just south of NFSR 55 (Tuxedo Junction), then along the western edge of NFSR 651 to NFSR 899 (NFSR 651 and 899 are closed), along NFSR 899 southwesterly to the forest boundary. Easterly along the forest boundary to NFSR 112 (NFSRs 248 and 228 would also be closed at the southern forest boundary).

PURPOSE:

To provide for the public’s health and safety during management activities associated with the Pinal Fire.

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Order Number 12-17-304

IMPLEMENTATION:

  1. The fire incident commander and logistics chief will requisition USFS Law Enforcement Officers, FPOs, Gila County SO Deputies and AZGFD officers to assist in implementation of the Order. This order becomes effective at 06:00 AM on May 15, 2017, until July 31, 2017 unless terminated sooner.
  2. This Order will be effected by appropriate signs and closure notices as required by 36 CFR 261.50. Local electronic signboards and ADOT signboards will indicate closures as necessary.
  1. Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for individual or $10,000.00 for organizations or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months or both. [Title 16 USC 551, Title 18 USC 3571(b) (6), Title 18 USC 3581 (b) (7)].

Dated this 13th day of May 2017, at Phoenix, Arizona.

/s/ Neil Bosworth

Neil Bosworth

Forest Supervisor

Tonto National Forest

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