Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477
Update for Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, 9 a.m.
Fire Information: (541) 719-8371
Current Situation: Saturday saw a transition from the McKenzie River Type 3 Team managing the Horse Creek Complex and Rebel Fire to a smaller organization overseen by the McKenzie River Ranger District. The last of the suppression repair work for the Separation, Avenue, and Rebel fires is nearly complete. Seeding is being done on repaired dozer and hand lines on the fires. Grading work continues on Forest Roads. Repair work is being completed on control lines in the Foley Springs area. Crews continue repair work on the Rebel Fire.
Attention: Visitors to reopened lands may encounter areas burned by recent and past wildfires and need to be aware of their surroundings as trees can fall without warning. Drivers are encouraged to be cautious on all Forest Roads because of ongoing operations.
Highway 242, Old McKenzie Highway, is closed to all traffic including hikers, bicyclists and skateboarders for the safety of the public and the crews working. Trailheads and recreation sites on 242 will remain closed. Heavy equipment is operating along the 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.
The removal of hazardous trees on Forest Service Road 19 is complete and there is no longer a need to keep the northern portion of the Aufderheide Scenic Byway (FSR 19) closed. This will allow access to Tewilliger “Cougar” Hot Springs. FSR 19 will remain closed from Cougar Crossing to Frissell Crossing as crews complete repair work in that area of the Rebel Fire. Recreation sites and trailheads along the closed portion of FSR 19 will remain inaccessible.
Areas, roads and trails in the McKenzie River Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest are open. The trails in the southern portion of the Mount Washington Wilderness have reopened. Horse Creek Road, FSR 2638 is open along with East Fork and Wapiti, FSR 1993.
The Three Sisters Wilderness area in the Ranger District will remain closed because of the recent wildfires. The exception is the following trails and areas to their south that are open: 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.