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Umpqua North Complex: Clearing of snags, hazard trees resumes

(image via Umpqua National Forest)

GLIDE, Ore. -- The mitigation of snags and hazard trees along Hwy 138 in between MP 46-51 (Illahee Flats) has resumed and is scheduled to be completed on or before end of shift Wednesday, October 11, officials said.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will provide traffic control and pilot car escort along the corridor from 8:30 am until 6:00 pm each day.

Fire suppression repair continues with hazard tree mitigation within the Fall Creek Fire area. On the 4711/550, 4770, 4760 and the 28 Roads snagging/hazard tree falling and clearing efforts continue. Last Saturday members of the Umpqua National Forest Fire Crew entered the area and began flagging hazard trees in advance of a team of now 27 local area contract fallers under the supervision of a Falling Boss and a Safety Officer.

Weather: Wednesday, showers likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. Calm winds becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Wednesday night, a 20% chance of showers before 11pm. mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. West winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Thursday, showers likely, mainly after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 60. South wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

"The Nevada IMT3 Team 2 would like to thank the Umpqua National Forest, the public, local businesses and cooperators for all of their help and understanding over the last two weeks. Nevada Team 2 will be transitioning command of the Umpqua North Complex back to the local forest at close of business on Thursday Oct 12th," officials said.

Resources: 2 Crew, 27 Fallers, 4 Engines, 2 Water Tender, 3 Skidders, 1 Backhoe, 1 Road Grader, 1 Log Loader, 1 Masticator, 5 Excavators, 1 Forwarder, 1 Log Grinder and 1 Front End Loader.

Total personnel: 149

Fire-Related Closures Reduced on the Umpqua National Forest: Multiple Roads and Areas Formerly Closed for Fire Suppression are now open. A revised set of closures for the Umpqua National Forest was released, effective October 6, 2017.

Forest Road 38 (Steamboat Road) is open to public travel. Forest Roads 3816 and 3810 are also reopened to the public. The burned area between Forest Road 38 and Highway 138 remains closed to entry. Forest Road 4720 (Panther Creek Road) is open from its junction with Forest Road 4714 about a half-mile southwest of Apple Creek Campground and State Highway 138 (milepost 43.6).

Forest Road 34 (Toketee Road) and Forest Roads 3400-100 and 3400-072 are open to the public. The area east of the Boulder Creek Trail No. 1552 within the Boulder Creek Wilderness is open to public entry with the exception of the Bradley Trail No. 1491 and the Soda Springs Trail No. 1493, which remain closed. Two well-known roads through the burned area remain closed: Forest Road 4750 (Calf Road) and northern portion of Forest Road 28 (Copeland Creek Road). Roads along Rough Creek and around Skookum Lake in the fire area northwest of Garwood Butte are now open.

On the Tiller Ranger District, the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness remains closed as do many of the roads to the west of the wilderness. The Diamond Lake Ranger District portion of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness is now open; however, Forest Road 3702-500 on the northern boundary of the wilderness remains closed.

Visitors should be especially aware of the risks when entering burned areas after wildfire. Falling snags and loose, rolling rocks and debris on steep slopes are common. Rain on the burned area causes more instability and adds to the danger.

For more information and a detailed map, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5505/ or https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5484.

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