Gila National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3005 E. Camino del Bosque
Silver City, NM 88061
Order Number: 03-06-05-21-016UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREFOREST SERVICEGILA NATIONAL FORESTJohnson Fire Emergency ClosurePublic Health and Safety
Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited within the area and on the trails described in this Order, all within the Wilderness and Glenwood Ranger Districts, Gila National Forest, Grant and Catron Counties within the State of New Mexico:1. Going into or being upon the Restricted Area. 36 C.F.R. § 261.53(e).
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 an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.
All National Forest System lands and trails within the exterior boundaries of the Gila National Forest as depicted on the attached map at Exhibit A.The description of the closure area is as follows:From the Little Bear Trail # 729 intersection with New Mexico Highway 15 travel north approximately three miles along the Little Bear Trail #729 to its intersection with the Middle Fork Trail #157. Then follow the Middle Fork Trail #157 in a northwesterly and then westerly direction to its intersection with the Iron Creek Mesa Trail #171. Follow the Iron Creek Mesa Trail #171 west till it intersects the West Fork Trail# 151. Follow the West Fork Trail #151 in a westerly direction to its intersection with Whitewater Baldy Trail #172. Follow Whitewater Baldy Trail #172 in a southwesterly direction to the intersection with the Crest Trail #182. Follow the Crest Trail #182 in a northwesterly direction to the intersection with the Whitewater Trail #207.1. Then follow the Whitewater Trail # 207.1 downstream in a westerly direction to the intersection with the Redstone Trail #206 (Lipsey Canyon portion). Follow Redstone Trail # 206 in a southeasterly direction to the intersection with Holt-Apache Trail #181. Then follow the Holt-Apache Trail #181 in a northwesterly direction to the intersection with East Fork Whitewater Trail #213. Follow the East Fork Whitewater Trail #213 to the east to the intersection with Little WhitewaterOrder Number: 03-06-05-21-016Trail #214. Follow the Little Whitewater Trail #214 in a westerly direction to the GilaWilderness boundary. At this point, the western side of the closure area boundary is theGila Wilderness boundary from Little Whitewater Trail at the north to Mogollon Trail #153Trailhead at the southern end. From Mogollon #153 Trailhead (near the end of CountyRoad 2-6 (Nine-Sixteen Rd.)), travel due east approximately 7.5 miles as the crow flies tillyou intersect the Turkey Creek Trail #155. Follow the Turkey Creek Trail #155 in aneasterly direction till it intersects the Miller Springs Trail #159. Follow the Miller SpringsTrail #159 south to the intersection with Granny Mountain Trail #160. Follow GrannyMountain Trail #160 east then north northeast till it intersects with NM State Highway 15at the Gila Cliff Dwellings.PURPOSETo assure the protection of public health and safety in the Closure Area during the JohnsonFire suppression activities.
1. This Order will be effective on June 7, 2021, at 0800, and will remain in effect untilDecember 31st, 2021, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.2. A Map identifying the area closure is attached and made part of this Order as Exhibit A.For a digital version of the Order map, go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/gila/alertsnotices3. Any violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 forindividuals and $10,000.00 for organizations and/or imprisonment for not more than six(6) months (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 Gila National ForestSupervisors office located in Silver City, NM, telephone number 575-388-82015. This Order supersedes any previous orders prohibiting the same act covered by thisOrder.
Done at Silver City, New Mexico this _6_ day of June 2021________________________ __June 6, 2021__For MICHIKO MARTIN DateRegional ForesterRegion 3 Southwestern Region