Postponed - Field Trip into Burned Areas of Umpqua North Complex -- Anticipated Windy Weather Delays Public Tour of Areas Affected by the Past Summer’s Wildfires

Release Date: Nov 6, 2017   Roseburg, Oregon

Contact: Cheryl Caplan, (541) 957-3271

U.S. Forest Service is postponing a November 8th field trip to areas burned within the Umpqua North Complex of fires because of anticipated wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour. People registered for the field trip will be notified.

The forecasted winds have the potential to bring down trees damaged by the fires. Agency officials determined the danger from falling trees too great to risk public and employee exposure.

The roads involved in the field trip will be inspected by employees after this week’s storms before a new field trip date is selected.

To be on the notification list for the next field trip, contact Laura Wilson at (541) 496-4143.

People driving Forest Service roads are encouraged to drive defensively and to expect downed trees when navigating curves. Gusty winds are known to topple fire-weakened trees. Agency advice is for people to leave areas affected by fire when the wind speed picks up.

For more information, contact the Umpqua National Forest at (541) 957-3200.