Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477
Update for Thursday, Oct. 5, 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: Wednesdays good weather and calm winds allowed firefighters to make good progress on the Separation, Avenue and Rebel Fires. The other fires of the Horse Creek Complex are entirely within the Three Sisters Wilderness where Minimal Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) were utilized. In the wilderness, no heavy equipment was used to construct control lines. Crews did not create saw lines for fire breaks because wilderness areas require strategies with the least environmental, cultural and social impacts. Hand crews are working to complete repairs on control lines around the Avenue Fire where steep terrain cannot be accessed by heavy equipment. A grader and roller are repairing Forest Service Roads used during suppression efforts. Work continues on Forest Service Road 19 removing hazardous trees. Heavy equipment is being use to haul away the brush and debris from the Aufderheide Scenic corridor.
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.