US Forest Services Close Part of Monongahela National Forest

- Grant County, W.Va. - An emergency closure has been ordered restricting access to national forest system lands in the vicinity of the Smoke Hole Fire on the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District of the Monongahela National Forest according to an announcement by the US Forest Service.

 “This action is being taken to provide for public and firefighter safety while we work to protect National Forest property and resources and private structures,” said Troy Waskey, District Ranger of the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District. 

The closure order will remain in effect for the next 120 days unless otherwise rescinded by the Forest Supervisor.  All individuals are prohibited from entering national forest land described below unless specifically authorized.

According to U.S. Forest Service officials, violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $500.00 for an individual or $10,000.00 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months pursuant to the Code of Federal Regulations.

For more information please contact the Cheat-Potomac Ranger Station at (304)-257-4488 extension 28.

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