When wildfires impact recreation areas, roads, trails and other areas used by the public, the Forest Supervisor or BLM District Ranger can issue a closure restricting public access to the area. These closures not only keep the public safe, but also improve firefighter safety by limiting the number of vehicles on roads in the fire area. These closures are temporary, and will be lifted when the area is safe for the public to re-enter.
Public Use Restrictions are currently in place on the Deschutes National Forest.
Effective 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 10, 2015, campfires, warming fires and cooking fires, including charcoal fires, portable propane campfires, biomass or particle wood-burning stoves,and wood pellet grills or smokers,are prohibited on Forest Service and BLM lands, except in established fire rings at designated campgrounds.
Wilderness: These campfire restrictions apply to all wildernesses on Forest Service and BLM lands. Please note that biomass or particle wood-burning stoves are not allowed in wilderness this year due to the severity of fuel conditions.
Indian Ford Campground, Sisters Tie Trail
Date(s): Oct 25, 2013
Due to concerns for the safety of the public and horses the Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest is closing the bridge to the Indian Ford campground to equestrian travel. Forest engineers recently reviewed the structure and raised concerns about the safety of the bridge due to rot. Particular concern was raised about the safety of horses and riders to cross the bridge due to the potential of a horse placing weight on a small area where there is structural damage. The closure of the bridge will affect trail users of the Sisters Tie Trail (#4092) that passes through the Indian Ford campground. All other non-motorized uses of the bridge such as foot and bike travel may continue at this time. Indian Ford campground is closed for the season. For additional information, please contact Scott McBride at the Sisters Ranger District, 541-549-7700.
This closure has been put in place for safety reasons. The only legal route to viewing Tumalo Falls during construction of the City of Bend Waterline Replacement Project was a 14-mile round-trip hike from Skyliner’s Trailhead. After numerous individuals were observed accessing the falls through the construction area, forest officials have decided to close all access to the Tumalo Falls area to prevent injury.
This closure follows the closures that are already in place to allow the City of Bend to complete improvements to their surface water supply system including Forest Road 4603, Tumalo Falls parking lot, and Farewell trail, North Fork trail at Swampy trail intersection and Tumalo Creek trail at South Fork trail intersection.
The Deschutes National Forest has put a temporary closure in place to conduct stream work and replace a trail bridge on Whychus Creek. The closure is anticipated to be in place until the end of September.
The public is prohibited from being on Forest roads or trails within the closure area from May 1, 2015 through October 31, 2015. The closure is being instituted for public safety while construction activities are taking place.