Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477
Middle Fork Ranger District
Hours: M-F 8:00AM-4:30PM
Willamette National Forest Fire Closure Update for October 6, 2017Some Trails, Roads to Reopen
(Springfield, OR) As fire crews transition from active fire suppression, firefighters are working diligently to repair impacts to the land and mitigate hazards to make roads and trails safe again. Recent successes with ongoing suppression repair work have enabled several closures to be modified, providing greater public access to forest lands. Visitors to reopened lands may encounter areas burned by recent and past wildfires and are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings as trees can fall without warning.
Detroit Ranger District, Whitewater Complex FiresThe closure areas for Whitewater and Scorpion Fires have been replaced with specific road and trail closures. Some trails in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness have reopened. However, the following trails and roads will likely remain closed until spring due to repair needs and public safety concerns:Trails Closed• Cheat Creek Trail #3441• Triangulation Peak Trail #3373• Crag Trail #3364• Pacific Crest Trail from intersection of Whitewater Trail (#3429) to intersection of Hunts Creek Trail (#3440) just north of Pamelia Lake• Whitewater Trail #3429• Woodpecker Trail #3442Roads Closed • In the Whitewater Fire area: o Forest Service Road (FSR) 2243 (Whitewater Road) beyond the junction with FSR 440o FSR 440 for its entire length from its beginning at the intersection with FSR 2243 (Whitewater Road)o FSR 040 (Woodpecker Road) beyond the junction with FSR 044• In the Scorpion Fire area: o Forest Service Road (FSR) 812 for its entire length from its beginning at the intersection with FSR #4698
McKenzie River Ranger District, Horse Creek Complex Fire (Avenue, Rebel, Olallie Lookout, Separation, Roney, Pete, and Nash Fires) The following modifications to the Horse Creek closure area will be effective Saturday, Oct. 7, at 8:00 a.m.• Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Scenic Byway) will reopen from Highway 126 south to Cougar Crossing Campground at the south end of Cougar Reservoir. From there the road will remain closed south to Frissell Crossing Campground. The public will have access to Terwilliger “Cougar” Hot Springs; however, recreation sites and trailheads along the closed portion of Road 19 will remain inaccessible.• The following Forest Service Roads (FSR) will reopen: FSR 2638 (Horse Creek) and FSR 1993 (East Fork And Wapiti)• Trails in the southern portion of the Mount Washington Wilderness will reopen.• The following trails will reopen: Frissell Crossing #3320; Olallie #3529; Wildcat #3331; the portion of Water Holes #3538 that connects to Park #3530; Horse Lake #3516 and east to the forest boundaryThe following will remain closed due to repair needs and public safety concerns:• According to ODOT, Highway 242 (McKenzie Pass) will remain closed to all traffic including hikers, bicyclists and skateboarders. This includes Forest Service trailheads and recreation sites along Highway 242. For updates on the highway visit tripcheck.com or call 511. • Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Scenic Byway) from Cougar Crossing Campground south to Frissell Crossing Campground.• Trails into the Three Sisters Wilderness area, south of Hwy 242 on the Willamette National Forest remain closed.
Middle Fork Ranger District, Jones Fire The overall closure area for the Jones Fire has been reduced. The following recreation sites, trails and trailheads are now open:• Saddleblanket Lookout• Timber Butte Lookout• Alpine North Trailhead, Forest Service Roads 1825/1912 • Clark/Fall Tie #3456.2• Little Blanket ShelterThe following will remain closed due to extensive work needed to repair burned over sections and public safety concerns:• Fall Creek National Recreation Trail #3455• Forest Service Road 18 and all recreation sites along the road in the closure area• Clark Creek Organizational Camp • Little Cowhorn Lookout
Firefighters will continue to assess burned areas to determine safety hazards. Visitors heading to the Willamette National Forest should be aware that while some closures have been reduced or modified many areas remain closed due to fires. Information and detailed maps of all closures can be found at http://go.usa.gov/xRnz7.
Deschutes National Forest still has closures in effect as well, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices for information.For information on fire danger levels and industrial fire precaution levels, visit the Willamette National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/willamette and click on Fire Information. ###
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