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Knoll Fire

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Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Oregon
Springfield, OR 97477

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McKenzie River Ranger District
Email: SM.FS.mf@usda.gov
Phone: 541-822-3381
Hours: M-F 8 am - 4:30 pm

Boating Closure on a Portion of the McKenzie River

Knoll Fire Wildfire
Announcements – 8/10/2021

News Release -Marine Board Issues Temporary Rule to Close Portion of McKenzie River to Boating

Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The Oregon State Marine Board issued a temporary closure on a portion of the McKenzie River to recreational boating due to the Knoll Fire reaching the riverbank and burned, fallen trees entering the river. The closure is from Trail Bridge Reservoir Dam (River Mile 81.9) downstream to the Frissel Boat Ramp (River Mile 76.1). This restriction is in place through August 20, 2021, or until this temporary rule is lifted.The U.S. Forest Service is currently leading efforts to suppress fires in the area affected by this temporary rule. The fire suppression crew operations pose a significant danger to any boaters on the river.

Lane County has issued a Level 1 evacuation for nearby residents. A Facebook page has also been created with updates on evacuations and risk levels: https://www.facebook.com/KnollFire/.  



The Oregon State Marine Board filed a Temporary Administrative Order with the Oregon Secretary of State to:

Amend

OAR 250-020-0221

Effective: 08/10/2021 through 08/20/2021.

Filing Caption: Temporary boating closure on a portion of the McKenzie River.

Need for Rule: Efforts are currently underway to suppress fires in the area affected by this temporary rule. The fire suppression crews have indicated that fires are burning down to the river's edge which is creating perilous conditions for people on the water. This temporary rule is necessary so that the fire suppression crews are able to work effectively and so that boaters are not endangered by the fires or ongoing suppression activities.
 

Rule Summary: Temporarily restricts boating on a portion of the McKenzie River so fire suppression crews are able to work effectively and so that boaters are not endangered by the fires or ongoing suppression activities.