Umatilla National Forest re-opens Forest Service Road 5326

Contact(s): Darcy Weseman, (541) 278-3722

Flooding concerns remain across Forest

PENDLETON, Ore. - The Umatilla National Forest has re-opened Forest Service Road (FSR) 5326, which travels between Heppner and Ukiah, after fixing drainage issues and clearing the snow off the roadway. FSR 54, located off the Pearson Creek Road approximately 14 miles outside of Pilot Rock, remains closed at the forest boundary.

Forest officials urge forest visitors to plan ahead and contact their local ranger district prior to starting their trip. Forest conditions are dynamic this time of year and likely to change rapidly throughout the next several days. Many rivers on the Umatilla National Forest are still near their bank levels and at risk of flooding. Most forest roads are still not accessible due to mud, snow or snow drifts. Additionally, with the continued heavy rainfall, soils are saturated and roads could be impacted by washouts or obstructions (such as rocks or boulders). Traveling on thawing, saturated, and muddy roads can result in resource damage and serious safety concerns, especially if visitors are unprepared. Parking below steep slopes or leaning trees is discouraged, as saturated soils are creating unstable conditions.

As a reminder, many places in the Blue Mountains have limited or no cell phone coverage. Forest visitors should always be prepared to spend the night in the forest with warm clothing, food and plenty of water.  Before heading out, always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.

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