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.
With hot and dry conditions expected to continue and fire suppression resources already responding to numerous wildfires around Central Oregon, the Prineville District Bureau of Land Management, the Deschutes National Forest and the Ochoco National Forest, including the Crooked River National Grassland, are implementing campfire restrictions. Effective 12:01 a.m. July 25, 2014 (Friday), open fires, including charcoal fires, will be prohibited, except in designated campgrounds. For more information, contact:
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Lisa Clark (541) 416-6864
(Deschutes NF) 541-383-5300
(Ochoco NF, Crooked River NG) 541-416-6500
Effective Friday, July 18, at 12:01 a.m. (00:01 hrs), Industrial Fire Precaution Level III (IFPL) will be implemented on lands administered by the Deschutes National Forest, Ochoco National Forest, Crooked River National Grassland, and the BLM Prineville District Office.
Under IFPL III, personal and commercial woodcutters are prohibited from operating power saws.
Personal and commercial woodcutters are reminded of their responsibility to stay informed of current IFPLs and all restrictions that apply to activities conducted on public lands. Failure to comply with fire precautionary requirements may result in the issuance of a Violation Notice.
Information on the IFPL or current restrictions can be obtained by contacting your local Forest Service Office or BLM Office or by calling the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center Information Line (541-416-6811).
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.
The Deschutes National Forest road crew will be working on Forest Road 4601 this week between its junctions with Forest Road 4602 and Forest Road 4600370. The crew will be performing drainage maintenance and road surface repairs and – because of the work and associated rock haul on this narrow road segment – will be closing Road 4601 for the week at those two junctions to provide for public safety. Road 370 will remain open for its entire length from the Cascade Lakes Highway to Forest Road 16 near Three Creeks Lake. Road 4601 will remain open from Tumalo Creek to the Road 4602 junction; Rd. 4602 will also remain open.