Golden Trout Wilderness Closes due to SQF Complex

Official release notice of closure and fines for violating the closure order. Essentially the GTW is closed! Read an excerpt below. It is encouraged to read the full order and see a high quality map at this link

FOREST ORDER NO. _0513-20-31

SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST GIANT SEQUOIA NATIONAL MONUMENT 

WESTERN DIVIDE AND KERN RIVER RANGER DISTRICTS SQF COMPLEX FIRE AREA, ROADS, AND TRAILS CLOSURE 

Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 551 and 36 C.F.R. 261.50(b), and to provide for public safety, the following acts are prohibited within the Western Divide Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest. This Forest Order is effective from August 26, 2020, through September 30, 2020. 

1.     Going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the SQF Complex Fire Closure Area, as described in Exhibit A and shown on Exhibit B. 

36 C.F.R. 261.53(e). 

2.     Being on the National Forest System trails within the SQF Complex Fire Closure Area as shown on Exhibit B. 36 C.F.R. 261.55(a). 

3.     Being on the National Forest System roads within the SQF Complex Fire Closure Area as shown on Exhibit B. 36 C.F.R. 261.54(e). 

Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. 261.50(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 this 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, within the SQF Complex Fire Closure Area to the extent necessary to access their land. 

4.     Residents, within SQF Complex Fire Closure Area to the extent necessary to access their residences. 

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 six months, or both. 

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

Executed in Porterville, California, this 25th day of August, 2020. 

TERESA BENSON 

Forest Supervisor Sequoia National Forest 

ORDER NO. 0513-20-31

SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST 

WESTERN DIVIDE AND KERN RIVER RANGER DISTRICTS SQF COMPLEX FIRE AREA, TRAIL AND ROAD CLOSURE EXHIBIT A 

The boundary of the SQF Complex Fire Closure Area begins at the intersection of the Golden Trout Wilderness boundary and Touhy Gap Trail (Forest Trail No. 30E13) in Section 1, Township 19 South, Range 30 East, MDB&M, then continues northeast approximately 32.8 miles along the Golden Trout Wilderness boundary to its intersection with the forest boundary in Section 21, T.18S., R.33E., MDB&M, then continues southeast approximately 18.3 miles along the forest boundary to its intersection with Blackrock Road (Forest Road No. 21S03) in the northwest corner of Section 23, T.20S., R.34E., MDB&M, then continues south approximately 8.5 miles along the Blackrock Road to its intersection with the Sherman Pass Road (Forest Road No. 22S05) in the southwest corner of Section 13, T.21S., R.34E., MDB&M, then continues southwest approximately 31.6 miles along the Sherman Pass Road to its intersection with Sierra Highway (County Road Mountain 99) in Section 35, T.22S., R.32E., MDB&M, then continues north approximately 1.5 miles along Sierra Highway to its intersection with Elephant Knob Trail (Forest Trail No. 32E43) in the northwest corner of Section 35, then continues approximately 1.9 miles along Elephant Knob Trail to its intersection with Dry Meadow Road (Forest Road No. 22S53) in Section 22, then continues approximately 1.6 miles along Dry Meadow Road to its intersection with Lloyd Meadow Road (Forest Road No. 22S82) in the northwest corner of Section 22, then continues approximately 14.9 miles along Lloyd Meadow Road to its intersection with Freeman Creek Trail (Forest Trail No. 32E20) in Section 34, T. 20 S., R.32E., MDB&M, then continues west along Freeman Creek Trail approximately 4.2 miles to its intersection with North Road (Forest Road No. 21S50) in Section 5, T.21 S., R. 32 E., MDB&M, then continues north along North Road approximately 9.3 miles to its intersection with the Golden Trout Wilderness in Section 1, T. 20 S., R. 31 E., MDB&M, then continues northwest approximately 16.4 miles along the boundary of the Golden Trout Wilderness boundary to the starting point, as shown on Exhibit B. 

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2 Responses to Golden Trout Wilderness Closes due to SQF Complex

  1. Cece Rubin says:

    I noticed the date is for August 2020. Any updates?

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