Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3106 Pierce Parkway
Springfield, OR 97477
Update for Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, 9 a.m.
Fire Information: (541) 719-8371
Attention: Heavy equipment is operating on Highway 242, Old McKenzie Highway, removing hazardous trees. This operation is underway for the Separation Fire on the west side of the Cascade Crest and the Milli Fire to the east of the crest. The wood product is hauled over the road from each site to be sorted for firewood, fish habitat restoration, and merchantable materials. For the safety of the public and the crews doing the work, the road is closed to all traffic including hikers, bicyclists and skateboarders. Forest Service Road 19 and access to Terwilliger “Cougar” Hot Springs remains closed.
Current Situation: Smoke settling into the McKenzie River Valley Tuesday afternoon was coming from east of the Cascade Crest. A reconnaissance flight reported some scattered spots putting up smoke across the complex. These are places of heavy down trees or stumps that continue to smolder. The recent rains have left the surrounding vegetation with high moisture content making the chance of the fires becoming active again very unlikely. Firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol the area.
Suppression repair continues. Work has been completed on the Separation Fire around Melakwa Camp and roadwork is underway. Hand and dozer lines around the Avenue Fire have nearly all been repaired. Heavy equipment continues to operate on Forest Service Road 19. Gusty east winds yesterday and continuing today is a concern for firefighters. Fire-weakened trees are capable of falling without notice. Crews will halt work in an area of hazardous trees until conditions allow for a safer work environment. If the winds persist, personnel will move to safer area to continue with suppression repairs.
Forest Roads Open: The following Forest Service Roads along Highway 126 are open to the public: FSR 2664, Robinson Lake Road; FSR 2657, Olallie Creek Road; FSR 2653, Boulder Creek Road; FSR 2649, Scott Creek Road; FSR 2647, Cupola Road; FSR 2643, Foley Ridge Road; and Highway 242, Old McKenzie Highway, from HWY 126 to the gate at Camp White Branch is open to local traffic only.
FSR 2639, King Road is open to FSR 2638, Horse Creek Road, but Horse Creek is closed east of this intersection.
FSR 19, Aufderheide Scenic Byway, is open, for a short distance, from HWY 126 to FSR 410, Cougar Dam Road. FSR 411 is open to allow access to the Castle Rock area. O’Leary Mountain Trail is closed as is the forest and wilderness areas south of it. The scenic byway is closed from the junction with 410, south to Frissell Crossing. Cougar Reservoir, Terwilliger “Cougar” Hot Springs and other recreation sites remain closed. Forest roads 1957, 1958 and adjacent spurs are open but the forest and wilderness areas to their east are closed.
Forest Trails Open: In the Three Sisters Wilderness south of Skookum Creek: Erma Bells Trail #3563, Judy Lake Trail #3575, Jack Pine Way #3587, Irish Mountain Trail #3588, and Williams Lake #3589. In Mount Washington Wilderness: Robinson Lake Trailhead, Deer Butte Trail #3508 and Hand Lake Trail #3513 until they reach the closure area. On the northern edge of the wilderness, Patjens Lake Loop #3395 from Big Lake is open.