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U.S. Forest Service Reduces South Sugarloaf Fire Closure

Note: For additional fire information, please call South Sugarloaf Fire Information Officer staff at 844-400-7569 or get the latest fire updates on Twitter @HumboldtToiyabe or Facebook @HumboldtToiyabeNF (Use hashtag #SouthSugarloafFire).

Elko, NV., Aug. 29, 2018 – With the increased containment of the South Sugarloaf Fire, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is now able to reopen some of the closed area on the Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District. The reduced area closure goes into effect on Thursday, August 30 at 8 a.m.

“We are allowing the public back into parts of the Forest that have not been affected by the fire,” said Josh Nichols, District Ranger for the Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District. “It is extremely important that people stay out of the area still closed, because of continued fire activity and safety concerns for both the public and firefighters. Please travel cautiously as you may encounter fire personnel and equipment.”

The new area closure includes all National Forest System (NFS) lands west of Forest Service Road 067 (Bruneau Canyon Road); north of County Road 732 (Jack Creek); east of Nevada State Route 11; and south of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation boundary line and Idaho border. Campgrounds that remain closed include Wild Horse Crossing and Big Bend.

On NFS lands, Nevada Department of Wildlife’s hunting areas 061 remain closed, southern portion of 062 is now open; northeast portion of 071 is now opened, and 072 is fully opened (See Map). Hunters are welcomed to hunt on BLM lands in any of those units.

This new closure will remain in effect until the Forest Service determines the area that remains closed is safe for the public. The agency will continue to revisit the closure with the South Sugarloaf Fire’s Incident Management Team on a daily basis to see if additional 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 South Sugarloaf Fire, visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6166/.

Courtesy: Forest Service USDA