Tonto National Forest Officials put changes to the Griffin Fire closure order into effect on Oct. 6th. The details are below:
“The purpose of this order is to protect public health and safety. This closure order shall remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2020 or until rescinded. Restricted areas include:
All National Forest System lands, roads, and trails within the boundary starting at the intersection of National Forest System Road (NFSR) 219 and NFSR 220, then following east along the southern edge of NFSR 220 to the Cherry Springs Wash, then following east along the centerline of Cherry Springs Wash to the ridgeline of Apache Peaks, then following north along the ridgeline of Apache Peaks to the intersection of the Apache Peaks ridgeline and the centerline of Yankee Joe Canyon, then following east along the centerline of Yankee Joe Canyon to the intersection with NFSR 645, then following north along the west edge of NFSR 645 to the intersection with NFSR 346, then following north the west edge of NFSR 346 to the Salt River, then following west along the south edge of the Salt River to Horseshoe bend and the intersection with NFSR 219, then following south along the west edge of NFSR 219 to the intersection with NFSR 223, then continuing south along the east edge of NFSR 219, back to the point of beginning at its intersection with NFSR 220.
The following roads/road segments open along the perimeter include NFSR 219 from its intersection with NFSR 223, following south to its intersection with NFSR 220; all of NFSR 217, NFSR 645, NFSR 346 and NFSR 223.
Any violation of this prohibition is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals or $10,000 for organizations, or by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both (see 16 U.S.C.551, 18 U.S.C.3571(b)(6), 18 U.S.C.358l(b)(7). Further information regarding this order may be obtained by contacting the Globe Ranger Station at (928) 402-6200 or visit the Tonto National Forest alert webpage at https://bit.ly/3jGJF0Q. This order supersedes any previous orders prohibiting the same acts covered by this order.
Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this order: persons with a written Forest Service authorization specifically exempting them from the effect of this order and any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of any organized rescue or firefighting resource in the performance of an official duty.
Stage 1 fire restriction are currently in effect across the Tonto National Forest. Visit our website for additional information at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices“