Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477
McKenzie River Ranger District, Horse Creek Complex Fires
The Willamette National Forest has issued a new Closure Order Effective Oct. 6, 2017.
The official order and map are attached to the this article and can be read by clicking on the link.
(Avenue, Rebel, Olallie Lookout, Separation, Roney, 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 boundary
The 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.