Elbow Pass Area Closure Order on Flathead National Forest
Incident: Prisoner Lake Fire Wildfire
Order Number D04-107-S-12 FLATHEAD NATIONAL FOREST
1935 3rd Avenue East
Kalispell, MT 59901
Forest Supervisor's Order
Elbow Pass Complex Fire Closure
Pursuant to 36 Code of Federal Regulations 261.50 (a) and (b) the following restrictions are in effect on the Spotted Bear Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest, Flathead County, Montana. These restrictions are in addition to those enumerated in Subpart A, Part 261, Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations, and become effective immediately and will remain in effect until rescinded.
36 CFR 261.52-Fire
Going into or being upon the area. [Title 36, 261.52 (e)]
36 CFR 261.55 - National Forest System Trails:
Being on the trail. [Title 36, 261.55 (a)]
For the purpose of this order it is prohibited to be on any National Forest System Trail, or within the boundaries of the Elbow Pass Complex Fire Closure as described and defined on the attached map here-by-made part of this order. (Map may be updated as fire conditions change). This is due to the known existence of hazards associated with the Elbow Pass Fire Complex incident burning in the area.
Pursuant to Title CFR 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this order:
1. Persons with a permit authorizing the otherwise prohibited restriction;
2. Owners or lessees of land in the area;
3. Residents in the area;
4. 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 Kalispell, Montana, this 2nd day of August, 2012.
Flathead National Forest
Violations of these Prohibitions are punishable by a fine of not more than $5000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. [16U.S.C.551, and 18 U.S.C. 3559 and 3571]
A copy of this order shall be posted as prescribed under 36 CFR 261.51
Note: Additional area closures exist adjacent to this area on the Lolo National Forest and the Lewis & Clark National Forest in support of this incident and the Falls Point Fire Incident.