NF Closure Due To Boot Fire 9/8
Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:10 pm
Due to the Boot Fire, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest has issued a closure order within and around the burned area on the Bridgeport Ranger District. The closure, which goes into effect today, closes areas to the public that are not safe to enter because of firefighter suppression operations.
The Public is advised to avoid National Forest System lands north of California State Route 108 from Sonora Bridge to the Junction of U.S. Route 395, north of Route 395 from Sonora Junction and Pimental Meadows, west of Swauger Creek due north to the junction of Forest Roads 067 and 089, from that junction due west to the junction of Burcham Flat Road/Forest Road 031 at the Forest Boundary, east of Mill Canyon Road due south to the junction Terry Canyon Road. From that junction, the closure includes Mill Canyon Road (Forest Road 042) and NFS lands to the east to Route 395. The closure continues due south on Forest Road 023 to Sonora Bridge. See the attached map for exact boundaries.
U.S. Route 395 and California State Route 108 have reopened to all traffic, however firefighters and road construction crews continue their work within the Walker River Canyon. If driving through the canyon, please go slowly, use caution, and follow the guidance of pilot cars and flaggers.
The closure will remain in effect until the Forest Service determines the area that is closed is safe for the public. The agency will continue to revisit the closure with the Boot Fire’s Incident Management Team on a daily basis to see if sections of the closed area can be reopened. People who are found guilty of violating this closure order could receive a maximum fine of $5,000 or six months in jail or both.
The signed closure order is posted on the Forest’s website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/htnf/alerts-notices. For information on the Boot Fire, visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6190/.