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Tonto National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2324 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006

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US Forest Service Closure Order with map attached

Hidden Fire Wildfire
Closures – 8/30/2020

Order Number: 03-12-00-20-402

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

FOREST SERVICE

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST

PLEASANT VALLEY AND TONTO BASIN RANGER DISTRICTS

Hidden Fire Public Safety Closure Order

PROHIBITIONS

Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(a), the following acts are prohibited within

the area described in this Order (the “Restricted Area”) and as depicted on the attached map,

hereby incorporated into this Order as Exhibit A, all within the Tonto National Forest, Pinal

County, Arizona.

1. Going into or being upon the Restricted Area. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(e).

EXEMPTIONS

Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:

1. Persons with a written Forest Service authorization specifically exempting them from the

effect of this Order.

2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of any organized rescue or firefighting

resource in the performance of an official duty.

RESTRICTED AREA

The Restricted Area encompasses all National Forest System lands within the boundary starting

at the point at which National Forest System Road (NFSR) 71 crosses Tonto Creek, following

north along the east side of Tonto Creek approximately 11 miles to NFSR 894, then following

NFSR 894 northeast to NFSR 134, then following NFSR 134 northeast approximately 13 miles

to Spring Creek, then following Spring Creek south approximately 6 miles to NFSR 131, then

following NFSR 131 southeast to NFSR 486, then following NFSR 486 west approximately 2.5

miles to NFSR 3253, then following NFSR 3253 north to NFSR 416, then following NFSR 416

southwest approximately 7.5 miles to NFSR 609, then following NFSR 609 southwest 4 miles to

NFSR 71, then following NFSR 71 southwest back to the point of beginning at its crossing with

Tonto Creek.

In addition to any portion of these roads that are interior to the restricted area, the following

roads are closed on the perimeter as well: NFSR 894 is closed from Tonto Creek to the junction

of NFSR 134. NFSR 134 is closed from the junction of NFSR 894 to Spring Creek. NFSR 131

is closed from Spring Creek to to NFSR 486. NFSR 486 is closed from NFSR 131 to NFSR

3253. NFSR 3253 is closed from NFSR 486 to NFSR 416. NFSR 416 is closed from NFSR 486

to NFSR 609. NFSR 609 is closed from NFSR 486 to NFSR 71. NFSR 71 is closed from NFSR

609 to Tonto Creek.

PURPOSE

The purpose of this Order is to protect public health and safety during firefighting and

emergency operations in the Restricted Area.

IMPLEMENTATION

1. This Order will be effective on August 27, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., and shall remain in effect

until September 30, 2020, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.

2. A map identifying the Restricted Area is attached and made part of this Order as

Exhibit A.

3. Any violation of this prohibition is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not

more than $5,000 for individuals or $10,000 for organizations, or by imprisonment for

not more than six (6) months, or both (see 16 U.S.C. § 551, 18 U.S.C. § 3571(b)(6),

18 U.S.C. § 3581(b)(7)).

4. Further information regarding this Order may be obtained at the Tonto National Forest

Supervisor’s Office in Phoenix, Arizona, (602)225-5200, at the Payson/Pleasant Valley

Ranger District Office, (928)471-7900, or at the Tonto Basin Ranger District Office,

(602)225-5395.

5. This Order supersedes any previous orders prohibiting the same acts covered by this

Order.

Dated this ____27th_______ day of ____August________ 2020, at Phoenix, Arizona

Dated this ____27th_______ day of ____August________ 2020, at Phoenix, Arizona

NEIL BOSWORTH

Forest Supervisor

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