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Johnson Fire

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Gila National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3005 E. Camino del Bosque
Silver City, NM 88061

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Johnson Fire Emergency Closure

Johnson Fire Wildfire
Closures – 6/22/2021

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

FOREST SERVICE

GILA NATIONAL FOREST

Johnson Fire Emergency Closure

Public Health and Safety

PROHIBITIONS

Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited within and on the area, road and trails described in this Order (the “Restricted Area”) and as depicted on the attached map, herby incorporated into this Order as Exhibit A, all within the Wilderness, Silver City, and Glenwood Ranger Districts, Gila National Forest, Grant and Catron Counties, State of New Mexico:

1.      Going into or being upon the Restricted Area.  36 C.F.R. § 261.53(e).

2.      Being on the road.  36 C.F.R. § 261.54(e).

3.      Being on the trail.  36 C.F.R. § 261.55(a).

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 an organized rescue or fire fighting force

in the performance of an official duty.   

RESTRICTED AREA

As depicted in Exhibit A, all National Forest System lands, roads, and trails within the boundary starting at the intersection of National Forest System Trail (NFST) #729 (Little Bear Trail) and New Mexico Highway 15, then following north along Little Bear Trail for approximately three miles to its intersection with NFST #157 (Middle Fork Trail), then following Middle Fork Trail in a northwesterly direction to the wilderness boundary, then following southwest along the wilderness boundary to its intersection with NFST #182, then following southeast along NFST #182 to its intersection with NFST #207.1 (Whitewater Trail), then following Whitewater Trail northwest to its intersection with NFST #206, then following NFST #206 southeast to its intersection with NFST #181 (Holt Apache Trail), then following northwest along Holt-Apache Trail to its intersection with the NFST #213 (East Fork Whitewater Trail), then following west along East Fork Whitewater Trail to its intersection with NFST #214 (Little Whitewater Trail), then following west along Little Whitewater Trail for approximately three miles to the wilderness boundary, then following in a general southeasterly direction along the west edge of the wilderness boundary to its intersection with NFST Trail #155, then following northeast along NFST #155 to its intersection with NFST #724 (Gila River Trail), then following in an easterly direction along NFST #724 for approximately one mile to the wilderness boundary, then following in a general southeasterly direction along the wilderness boundary to its intersection with NFST #238 (Goose Lake Trail), then following in a southeasterly direction along Goose Lake Trail for approximately four miles to its intersection with National Forest System Road (NFSR) 282, then following in a southeasterly direction along NFSR 282 (which is closed) to its intersection with U.S. Highway 15, then following north along U.S. Highway 15 for approximately five miles to its intersection with non-motorized NFSR 4207B, then following north on NFSR 4207B to its intersection with the wilderness boundary, then following north along the wilderness boundary on the west side of U.S. Highway 15 for approximately fifteen miles back to the point of beginning, at its intersection with NFST #729 (Little Bear Trail). 

NOTE:       The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is not encompassed within this Order and remains open to the public.

PURPOSE

To protect public health and safety during the Johnson Fire suppression activities.

IMPLEMENTATION

1.     This Order will be effective on June 22, 2021, at 1200 P.M. and will remain in effect until December 31, 2021, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.

2.     A Map identifying the Restricted Area 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/alerts-notices

3.     Any violation of this prohibition is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $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 Gila National Forest Supervisor’s office located in Silver City, NM, telephone number 575-388-8201.

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

Done at Silver City, New Mexico this 22nd day of June 2021.

/s/ Adam Mendonca   Forest Supervisor                                                       

ADAM MENDONCA                                                                                       Date

Forest Supervisor

Gila National Forest

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