Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477
Update for Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, 9 a.m.
Fire Information: (541) 822-3381
Notice: This will be the last daily update for the Horse Creek Complex and Rebel Fire. For current information on forest closures contact the McKenzie River Ranger District at (541) 822-3381, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Current Situation: Forecasted rain did not materialize during the day Tuesday allowing firefighters to complete their suppression repair work on the Rebel and Avenue fires. Hazardous trees from the Separation Fire have been removed along Highway 242 and are being processed for use as firewood, fish habitat restoration, or merchantable materials. Chipping of brush and slash along the highway corridor is nearly complete and once finished the roadway will be cleared of all debris.
Rain is forecast to continue through the week. Cooler temperatures will bring snow to the higher elevations. Fire managers will evaluate the situation daily with the welfare of crews in mind as they strive to complete their work.
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.
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 northern portion of the Aufderheide Scenic Byway (FSR 19) is open allowing access to Tewilliger “Cougar” Hot Springs. FSR 19 is closed from Cougar Crossing to Frissell Crossing. Recreation sites and trailheads along the closed portion of FSR 19 will remain inaccessible.
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 are closed.
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.