Malheur National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
431 Patterson Bridge Rd
John Day, OR 97845
The Malheur National Forest has opened the 13 and 16 Roads to woodcutting on the perimeter of the 204 Cow Fire. Woodcutting is limited to the felled and stacked woodpiles on the roadsides. Felling trees is not permitted. Permits are required and may be purchased at any Malheur National Forest Ranger District office. While woodcutting is normally not permitted on Forest roads with two-digit identifiers, the Forest Service has temporarily waived this restriction on the 13 and 16 Roads. Material cleared along these roads to stop the fire has been piled next to the roads to facilitate public woodcutting. There is still firefighting traffic in the area so the public is reminded to drive slowly and carefully.
On Thursday, crews will continue with fireline cleanup and rehabilitation. This team will repair firelines to prevent erosion by building water bars to divert runoff away from the firelines. All chipping and log hauling operations have been completed. A drying and warming trend is expected over the next few days and isolated concentrations of heavy fuels will continue to smolder and produce smoke.
The Road Closure Order has been revised in the vicinity of the 204 Cow Fire and surrounding roads. While the 16, 13 and 1665 roads are now open, there is still an Area Closure in effect that includes all roads west from the 13 road, roads to the north of the 1665 and roads to the west of the 16 road that will remain in place for an extended period. It is not safe to travel off-road in recently burned areas. Trees killed or weakened by the fire will continue to fall for months, even during calm weather
Remaining resources include two handcrews, two engines, and two excavators.
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Incident Information: 541-820-3800