Moose Meadows Fire Forest Closure Order
Incident: Moose Meadow Wildfire
BEAVERHEAD-DEERLODGE NATIONAL FOREST
Pintler Ranger District
Order No. 2013-D8-027
Pursuant to Title 36 Code of Federal Regulation 261.50 (a), the following acts are prohibited on the
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. This temporary restriction is in addition to those enumerated in
Subpart A, Part 261, Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations and will remain in effect from July 26, 2013 until
September 30, 2013 unless rescinded earlier.
36 CFR 261.53 – Special Closures: It is prohibited to go into or be upon any area which is closed for the
Protection of “Public Health and Safety” (Title 36 CFR 261.53(e)).
For the purpose of this order, the area described generally as Whetstone Ridge is closed to all unauthorized
occupancy for public safety from July 26, 2013 until September 30, 2013 unless rescinded earlier. The closure
area description follows with a map attachment.
The location of this restriction is described as all National Forest Lands within T4N, R17W, Sections 11 through
15, 21 through 24, 25 through 28, 33 through 36; T3N, R17W, Sections 1 through 4, 11 through 13; T4N, R16W,
Sections 7 through 9, 15 through 23, 26 through 35; T3N, R16W, sections 4 through 8, 17, and 18.
36 CFR 261.54 – National Forest System Roads. When provided by an order, the following are prohibited:
Using any type of vehicle prohibited by the order (Title 36 CFR 261.54(a)).
For the purpose of this order, the Forest roads described below are closed to all motorized vehicles, all bicycle,
foot and horse travel for public safety from July 26, 2013 until September 30, 2013, unless rescinded earlier.
The roads closure description follows with a map attachment.
County Road, commonly known as Middle Fork Road, beginning in T5N, R15W, section 16 NW ¼ to its end
including all National Forest roads and trails originating within the closed portion.
36 CFR 261.55 – National Forest System Trails. When provided by an order issued in accordance with 261.50
of this subpart, the following are prohibited on a National Forest System trail: Being on a trail (Title 36 CFR
For the purpose of this order, the trails described below are closed to all motorized vehicles, all bicycle, foot
and horse travel for public safety from July 26, 2013 until September 30, 2013, unless rescinded earlier. The
trails closure description follows with a map attachment.
Trail #8109 beginning in T4N, R16W, section 22 NE ¼ to its end located in T4N, R16W, section 28 SE ¼. Trail#
8020 beginning in T4N, R16W, section 9 NE ¼ to its end located in T3N, R17W, section 11 NE ¼. Trail # 8162
beginning in T4N, R17W, section 12 NE ¼ to its end located at the junction of Trail #8020 in T3N, R17W, section
2 NE ¼. Trail # 8019 beginning T4N, R16W, section 6 SE ¼ to its end located at the junction with Trail #313
located in T3N, R18W, section 1 SE ¼. Trail #8161 beginning in T5N, R17W, section 1 NE ¼ to its junction with
Trail #8019 located in T4N, R17W, section 12 NW ¼.
Pursuant to Title 36 CFR 261.50 (e), the following are exempt from this restriction:
1. Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
2. Owners or lessees of land in the area.
3. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the
performance of an official duty.
Done at Philipsburg, Montana this 26
day of July, 2013.
/s/ Peri R. Suenram
Acting Forest Supervisor
Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for
an organization, imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both (16 USC 551 and 18 USC 3559 and 3571).