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Dolly Varden Fire Closure

9-8-17 Middle Fork Flathead Area Closure, Order# D04-154-S-17

Incident: Dolly Varden Fire Wildfire
Released: 9/8/2017

D04-154-S-17




FLATHEAD NATIONAL FOREST

650 Wolfpack Way

Kalispell, MT 59901

Forest Supervisor’s Order


AREA CLOSURE ORDER

UPPER MIDDLE FORK FLATHEAD FIRE AREA


Pursuant to Title 36 Code of Federal Regulation 261.50 (b), the following restriction is in effect on the Spotted Bear Ranger District on the Flathead National Forest, Flathead County, Montana. This temporary restriction is in addition to those enumerated in Subpart A, Part 261, Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations. These restrictions become effective when signed and will remain in effect until rescinded. See the attached map, Exhibit A.


36 CFR 261.52 – Fire


It is prohibited to go into or be upon the area (Title 36 CFR 261.52(e)).


The closure cited in this order is to protect the public from potential harm from wildfires and firefighting operations associated with the existing and potential fire hazards.


Description of Closed Areas:


This area closure applies to the Flathead National Forest and closes the following area:


All lands contained within the following perimeter.


Starting at Badger Pass traveling west along the Continental Divide to a point on the ridge separating the Cox Creek and Strawberry Creek drainages then along this ridge to the south over Cap Mountain onto trail #338. Continuing on to Trail #338 to its junction with Trail #317 then following Trail #317 to its junction with Trail #155. From this point form a line up to Ringer Mountain then connecting Gable Peaks, Chair Mountain to the junction of Trail #241 and Trail #173. From this point the closure will follow the ridge to Argosy Mountain then form a line to the head of the Argosy Creek. From this point along Elk Ridge to the Middle Fork- South Fork Divide above Pot Lake. Then follow this Ridge to the east to Trilobite Ridge. Then follow Trilobite Ridge to Pentagon Mountain and on to Switchback Pass. From Switchback Pass the area closure follows Trail #732 to the Continental Divide.


36 CFR 261.55 – National Forest System Trails


It is prohibited to be on the trail (36 CFR 261.55(a)).


The closure cited in this order is to protect the public from potential harm from wildfires and firefighting operations associated with the existing and potential fire hazards.


Description of Trails:


Starting at Badger Pass traveling west along the Continental Divide to a point on the ridge separating the Cox Creek and Strawberry Creek drainages then along this ridge to the south over Cap Mountain onto trail #338. Continuing on to Trail #338 to its junction with Trail #317 then following Trail #317 to its junction with Trail #155. From this point form a line up to Ringer Mountain then connecting Gable Peaks, Chair Mountain to the junction of Trail #241 and Trail #173. From this point the closure will follow the ridge to Argosy Mountain then form a line to the head of the Argosy Creek. From this point along Elk Ridge to the Middle Fork- South Fork Divide above Pot Lake. Then follow this Ridge to the east to Trilobite Ridge. Then follow Trilobite Ridge to Pentagon Mountain and on to Switchback Pass. From Switchback Pass the area closure follows Trail #732 to the Continental Divide.


Exemptions:


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


1. Persons with a permit issued by a forest officer 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 an official duty.


Done at Kalispell, Montana this day of September 7th, 2017.


By: /s/ David E. Schmid

David E Schmid

Deputy Regional Forester


Penalty: Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both (16 USC 551 and 18 USC 3559 and 3571).


Notification: A copy of this order shall be posted as prescribed in 36 CFR 261.51.

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Flathead National Forest
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650 Wolfpack Way Kalispell Montana 59901
Kalispell, MT 59901
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