THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor <cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>
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FOREST SERVICE E-MAIL WITH TWO ATTACHED FILES
[Editor's note: This morning, Graham Breakwell of the Forest Service issued an e-mail with two attached files (Microsoft Word docs). The text from his e-mail appears below, followed by transcriptions of the two attached files.]
From: Graham Breakwell, grahambreakwell (at) fs.fed.us Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2009, 10:19 AM PDST
Subject: Los Angeles River Ranger District - Forest Closure and Preparation for Potential Access Road Closures
Dear Lessees and Tenants,
I attach the recent news release regarding the Angeles National Forest Closure. This closure is unamended and in place.
There is also attached a letter sent out yesterday by the District Ranger, Mike McIntyre, to all Los Angeles River Ranger District Communication Site Special Uses Authorization Holders. In essence expect rain, road washouts, landslides and more along your access roads and make back up plans for alternative access. Keep safe in this environment.
Graham H. Breakwell
Forestry Technician (Special Uses) Los Angeles River Ranger District Angeles National Forest 12371 N. Little Tujunga Canyon Road San Fernando, CA 91342
Office # 818 899 1900
TRANSCRIPTION OF FIRST ATTACHMENT, A NEWS RELEASE
[Note the date on this release: September 3, 2009, but also recall Graham's comment from above that, "This closure is unamended and in place." -Ed.]
USDA Forest Service letterhead, Angeles National Forest, News Release, Telephone (626) 574-5200, September 3, 2009
Title: Angeles National Forest Announces Emergency Closure of the Southern Portion of the Angeles National Forest Because of the Actively Burning Station Fire
ARCADIA, Calif. -- As a result of extreme fire activity, and to protect public health and safety, Angeles National Forest officials are implementing an area closure of the southern portion of the Angeles National Forest, effective 12:00 p.m. today. The closure will be in place until it is determined that it is safe to reopen forest areas.
Individuals or organizations holding special use permits for sanctioned activities within the Forest are exempt from this order.
While the closure is in effect, going into or being upon National Forest System lands, roads, or trails within the closure area is not allowed. The closure will affect the use of all national forest recreational facilities, roads and hiking trails. A violation of the closure order 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.
The Station Fire Closure Area consists of all National Forest System lands within the Angeles National Forest south and east of California State Route 14 and California State Route 138.
For further information about the closure or fires currently burning on the Angeles, contact the Fire Information Center at 626-821-6700.
TRANSCRIPTION OF SECOND ATTACHMENT, A LETTER
USDA Forest Service letterhead, Los Angeles River Ranger District, Telephone (626) 899-1900, September 15, 2009
Dear Special Uses Authorization Holder:
As a result of the Station Fire much of the District has been burned with complete mountain sides reduced to ash and charred remains of trees. The Forest remains closed within the Angeles National Forest south and east of California State Route 14 and California State Route 138 until further notice.
Individuals or organizations holding special uses permits for sanctioned activities within the Forest are exempt from this closure. Weather forecasters predict that Southern California will receive heavy rain this fall. This will result in landslides, flooding, and road washouts. Numerous roads will be closed and many communication systems and utilities across the forest will be non operational.
Now is the time for Lessees to organize carpools by coordinating tenant needs and planning helicopter access for when your access road is washed out. It is prudent to make back up plans with your neighbors to ensure your long term access where sanctioned activities are necessary. As the Lessee you are responsible for all tenants in your permit area.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me or Graham Breakwell at 818 -899-1900 ext 243.
/s/ Michael J. Mcintyre MICHAEL J. MCINTYRE District Ranger
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