Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477
Update for Friday, Oct. 6, 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: Thursday was another good day for progress on the Separation, Avenue and Rebel fires. Work is nearing an end on Forest Service Road 19 where heavy equipment is being used to haul away the brush and debris from the Aufderheide Scenic corridor. Hazardous tree removal on Highway 242 is also progressing. Felled hazard trees often times block public access roads, interfere with proper water movement in the ditch lines, plug culverts, and prevent administrative access to large areas of the forest. Hazard trees may be removed through a variety of mechanisms including removal by loading and hauling to an alternate location. The collected logs are then available to be used in a variety of ways including firewood for the local community, habitat restoration, and commercial sales. The slash, limbs and other woody debris that results from felling operations, are chipped to help reduce fuel loading and the risk for future fire potential in the area.
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.