Emergency area closure in Nantahala National Forest

Image courtesy of USDA forest services
Image courtesy of USDA forest services

Press release from USDA: 

Pursuant to 36 CFR (a) and (b), for the protection of public health and safety, the following acts are prohibited due to fire suppression activities on the Tusquitee Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest, in North Carolina. This order is in effect from November 15, 2016 until March 15, 2017 or until rescinded.

1. Being on a National Forest System Trail when closed by a sign, gate, or barricade. 36 CFR 261.55 (a)

2. Operating, leaving, possessing, or parking a motor vehicle on any road when closed by a sign, gate, or barricade. 36 CFR 261.54 (e)

3. Being in the area of closure by pedestrian and/or horseback. 36 CFR 261.53 (e)

4. Being in the area of closure by non-motorized or wheeled conveyance (bicycle). 36 CFR 261.54

AREA: Nantahala National Forest lands north of US64 and east of State Road 13330 to Nantahala Ranger District boundary, Nantahala National Forest lands south and east of State Road 1307 from State Road 1330 to US64 and the Nantahala Ranger District Boundary

ROADS: NFSR 6226 Vineyard Road, NFSR 351 Nelson Ridge Road, NSFR Perry Gap Road, NFSR Buck Creek Road, NFSR Lodge Road, NFSR Thunderstruck Road

Violation of these prohibitions set forth above its punishable by a fine of not more than $5000 for an individual and $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

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