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Whale Butte Fire

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Flathead National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
650 Wolfpack Way
Kalispell, MT 59901

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9/17/2018 Whale Butte Fire Area Closure

Whale Butte Fire Wildfire
Closures – 9/17/2018

650 Wolfpack Way·
Kalispell, MT 59901
Forest Supervisor's Order

Whale Butte Fire Area Closure

Pursuant to Title 36 Code ofFederal Regulation 261.50 (b), the following restriction is in effect on the Glacier View Ranger District on the Flathead National Forest, Flathead County, Montana as depicted on the attached map as Exhibit A, and herby incorporated into the order. This temporary restriction is in addition to those enumerated in Subpart A, Part 261, Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, and becomes effective when signed and will remain in effect until rescinded.

36 CFR 261.53e-Special Closures:

It is prohibited to go into or_be upon the area [Title 36 CFR 261.53(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 Closed Areas:

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

Whale Butte Area:

All lands contained within the perimeter that is 100 feet on the east and along FS Road 5234, 100 feet south and along FS Road 318 (the Whale Creek Road), 100 feet east and along FS Road 1671 (Center Mountain Road), and 100 feet north and along FS Rd 210C (Moose Creek Road).

Whale Butte Fire Area Closure is displayed on attached map, see Exhibit A.


  1. Pursuant to Title 36 CFR 261.50(e), the following are exempt from this restriction:
    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 ofan organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  3. Persons needing to access private land and private inholdings on FS Road#1671 and FS Road #5307 are exempt from this closure.

Done at Kalispell, Montana this _17th_day of September, 2017.

/s/ Chip Weber, Forest Supervisor


Violation ofthese prohibitions is punishable by a fine ofnot 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).


A copy ofthis order shall be posted as prescribed under 36 CFR 261.51.

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