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Forest Order 09-240 Dated 7/03/17

Order Number: 09-240

GOODWIN FIRE PUBLIC SAFETY CLOSURE ORDER

PRESCOTT NATIONAL FOREST

Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 551 and 36 CFR § 261.50(a) and 36 CFR § 261.50 (b), the following acts are prohibited on all National Forest System lands within the Prescott National Forest, in Yavapai County, state of Arizona.  The restricted area is depicted on the attached map, hereby incorporated into this Order as Exhibit A.

PROHIBITIONS

  1. Going into or begin upon the area, 36 CFR 261.53(e)
  2. Being on a road, 36 CFR 261.54(e)
  3. Being on a trail, 36 CFR 261.55(a)

EXEMPTIONS

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (e), the following persons are exempt from this order:

  1. Any Federal, State or local officer or member of any organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  2. Persons with Forest Service permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.

AREA DESCRIBED

This order effects areas and roads on the Bradshaw Ranger District of the Prescott National Forest as described below including perimeter of Goodwin fire and all access points leading into fire area:

The boundary beginning at intersection of County Road (CR) 58 and State Highway (SH) 69 extending west along County Road 58 becoming Forest Road (FR) 261 to the intersection with FR 52.  The boundary proceeds south along FR 52 to the intersection with FR 9222C then east along FR 9222C to the intersection with FR 89.  The boundary proceeds east along FR 89 to the intersection with CR 59.  The boundary proceeds northeast along CR 59 to its intersection with CR 158.  The boundary proceeds north along CR 158 to the Forest Boundary and then west and north along the Forest Boundary to its junction with SH 69 and CR 58.

Area Closure Map (486 KB PDF)

PURPOSE

To order is necessary to protect the public’s health and safety from exposure to wildfire and associated hazards.

IMPLEMENTATION

  • This Order will be in effect starting when signed and shall remain in effect until September 30, 2017 or until rescinded.
  • This Order rescinds, replaces and supersedes any previous Orders prohibiting the same acts covered by this Order in Exhibit A

Done at Prescott, Arizona this 3rd day of July, 2017.

 


Forest Service and Trail User Groups Ask Visitors to Help Prevent Damage to Trails during Monsoon Season

Prescott, AZ (July 26, 2017) With recent monsoon rains, many trails in the area will be wet and highly susceptible to long-term damage until they dry out. Please consider the damage you could cause to trails when planning your visits after heavy precipitation.  This advice applies to all user groups, both motorized and non-motorized, for roads and trails.  All users have the ability to cause damage to trail surfaces and corridors; the impact varies from user to user.  For example, horses or mules will leave large post holes in the trail tread, making it difficult to ride or hike when soils dry. Post holes also dislodge soil and increases erosion.  Mountain bikes leave ruts which also make trail use difficult for hikers and other bikers; more importantly those ruts funnel water, allowing it to speed up and take more soil downhill, increasing erosion and rutting.  Often trail users try to avoid the wet or muddy spots by moving off the trail, but this can widen the trail significantly as an unintended and harmful consequence.    Motorized vehicles have similar impacts and damage to trail treads caused by use during wet conditions and can change a great trail into a very difficult or unrideable trail.

Please be considerate of the environment and other users by planning accordingly.  Granite Basin and Williamson Valley trails are especially susceptible to wet conditions due to the clay soils and should be avoided when wet, as well as most sections of the Prescott Circle Trail.  By contrast, trails in the Thumb Butte area dry out quicker than most, and the Spruce Mountain area is more resistant to impact during wet conditions.  Trail volunteers have put a tremendous amount of work in to build and maintain these trails; please do your part by planning your destination around drier trails or rocky forest roads.

The Prescott National Forest and the Prescott Trail Safety Coalition hope to develop website that has a rating system for wet trails similar to the fire danger rating system in the future.  Until then, please use common sense and courtesy when you venture out to potentially wet trails.  Please turn around if you think you will cause damage.

Trail users can obtain additional information via the following: