The U.S. Forest Service would like to remind visitors to national forests in Oregon and Washington that discharging fireworks or explosives, including exploding targets, is prohibited.
Fireworks routinely cause wildfires. Their possession and use have been prohibited at campgrounds and elsewhere on national forest lands for years. Last year, the Pacific Northwest Region also banned the use of exploding targets.
Exploding targets are a documented cause of wildfires, and have been associated with at least five wildfires on National Forest System lands since 2012, resulting in more than 15,600 acres burned and approximately $30 million in suppression costs.
The Shaser Creek ATV route, located on the North Shaser Road #7322 Road in the Blewett Pass area of the Wenatchee River Ranger District will be closed to all public use Monday-Friday beginning June 23, 2014 because of logging operations. The route will reopen sometime this fall.
The Shaser Creek area consists of a checkerboard ownership pattern where every other square mile land section is privately owned, with the alternate sections being National Forest. The current owner, Weyerhaeuser Columbia Timberlands, is beginning logging operations on their land in Section 21, with log-haul occurring on North Shaser Road #7322.
For public safety, the road will be closed to all users during the weekdays from 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This will restrict all access to the ATV routes for the Iron Mountain and Etienne Creek areas.Logging operations are scheduled to continue into the fall.
A recent inspection of the bridge spanning French Cabin Creek on Forest Service Road 4310, found structural damage which has led to an emergency closure of the bridge to motor vehicles. The road, which accesses the west shore of Cle Elum Lake, and is popular with hunters and campers will be closed indefinitely.
The bridge has deteriorated to a point where the bridge is at risk of collapsing and is no longer safe for use by motor vehicles. Engineers will further evaluate the integrity of the bridge in the coming weeks and will determine what action will be taken. Repair or replacement is unlikely in 2013.
Mudders, take note: It is against the law to tear up forest roads and meadows for the fun of it, and the legal and financial consequences can be steep. Tearing up high-country meadows with four-wheel-drive and off-road vehicles destroys wildlife habitat and ecosystems. Read more HERE