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McCash Fire

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Six Rivers National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1330 Bayshore Way
Eureka, CA 95501

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Email: 2021.mccash@firenet.gov
Phone: 530-380-2152
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McCash Fire Closure Order

McCash Fire Wildfire
Closures – 9/16/2021

  McCash Fire Closure

Klamath National Forest Order No. 21-05-18  Six Rivers National Forest Order No. 21-10-10

We are implementing a Forest Order closing roads, trails, and the area, which includes administrative sites, in the vicinity of the McCash Fire within the Ukonom, Happy Camp, Oak Knoll, Scott River and Salmon river Ranger Districts of the Klamath National Forest; and the Orleans Ranger District of the Six Rivers National Forest, as described in Forest Order Nos. 21-05-18, and 21-10-10, on Exhibits A and B.

This Order is necessary to promote public safety within the area of the McCash Fire, which is actively burning on the Klamath National Forest. The fire is eleven percent contained. Blowups and fire runs are unpredictable, and they pose a serious threat to individuals who are near an uncontrolled fire. Aircraft fire suppression tactics such as retardant drops and water buckets also pose a safety risk to the public. The area closure will keep the public out of the fire's potential pathway and fire suppression tactics perimeter, thereby reducing the risk of public injury or death.

The Order will remain in effect until October 15, 2021, when the McCash Fire Complex is expected to be declared out, or until terminated or superseded depending on fire situation.

We have notified our cooperators, including CAL FIRE, local fire departments, and adjacent forests, of this Forest Order.

This Forest Order includes an exemption for persons with a Forest Permit for Use of Roads, Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation or Order (Form FS-7700-48). Authorization for entry under this exemption will only be provided if we or our delegates determine that the risk to personal health and safety is reasonable considering the circumstances of the request. We may also require appropriate personal protective equipment and other necessary safety measures. We hereby delegate the authority to sign form FS-7700-48 granting an exemption to this Forest Order to all Rangers of the Klamath and Six

.Rivers National Forests.

We have concluded that this decision may be categorically excluded from documentation in an Environmental Impact Statement or Environmental Assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act. This action falls within the category identified in 36 CFR 220.6(d)(l)-prohibitions to provide short­ term resource protection or to protect public health and safety - and does not require documentation in a decision memo, decision notice, or record of decision. We have determined that there are no extraordinary circumstances associated with this temporary closure. Implementation of the decision may begin immediately.


 McCash Fire Closure

Klamath National Forest Order No. 21-05-18 Six Rivers National Forest Order No. 21-10-10

Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 551 and 36 C.F.R. 261.S0(a) and (b), and to provide for public safety, the following acts are prohibited within the Ukonom, Happy Camp, Oak Knoll, Scott River and Salmon River Ranger Districts of the Klamath National Forest; and the Orleans Ranger District of the Six Rivers National Forest. This Order is effective from September 15, 2021 through October, 15, 2021, or until terminated or superseded depending on fire situation.

1.     Going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the McCash Fire Closure Area, as described in Exhibit A and shown on ExhibitB. 6 C,F.R. 261.52(e).

2.      Being on the National Forest System roads listed below and shown on Exhibit B.

a.      All National Forest System roads within the McCash Fire Closure Area. 36 C.F.R. 26I.54(e).

3.      Being on the National Forest System trails listed below and shown on Exhibit B.

a.      All National Forest System trails within the McCash Fire Closure Area. 36 C.F.R. 261.55(a).

Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. 261.S0(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:

1.      Persons with Forest Service Permit No. FS-7700-48 (Permit for Use of Roads, Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation  or Order), specifically exempting them from th_is 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.

3.      Owners or lessees of land in the area to the extent necessary to access their property; These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 C.F.R. Part 261, Subpart A.

A 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 U.S.C. 551 and 18 U.S.C. 3559, 3571, and 3581.


 Exhibit A

The McCash Fire Closure Area begins at point where the Klamath River intersects the western boundary of the Orleans Ranger District (Section 6, Township 9 North, Range 5 East) and continues along the east and south bank of the Klamath River to Seiad Valley where highway 96 intersects the eastern boundary of Section 11, Township 46 North, Range 12 West; then continues south along the eastern boundary of Sections 11, 14, 23, 26, and 35, Township 46 North, Range 12 West; continuing west to the northeast comer of Section 3; Township 45 North, Range 12 West; then continues south along the eastern side of Sections 3,10,15,22,27 and 34 of Township 45 North, Range 12 West, and finally the eastern edge of Section 3, Township 44 North, Range 12 East; continuing around the eastern edge of the Marble Mountain Wilderness and continues until it intersects the Ukonom/Scott River Ranger Districts, eastern boundary of Section 24, Township 11 North, Range 7 East; continuing west along the district boundary until it intersects with the eastern boundary of the Orleans Ranger District, Section 2, Township 10 North, Range 6 East; and continues around the eastern edge of the Orleans Ranger District to where it connects with the eastern edge of the Hoopa Reservation boundary (Section 11, Township 9 North, Range 5 East; and continues to the starting point Section 6, Township 9 North, Range 5 East.


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