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Umpqua North Complex mitigation of hazard trees to be completed next week, tentatively

Umpqua North complex (via Umpqua National Forest)

GLIDE, Ore. -- The mitigation of snags and hazard trees along Hwy 138 in between MP 46-51 (Illahee Flats) is tentatively scheduled to be completed Wednesday of next week.

This project started on October 3. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will provide traffic control and pilot car escort along the corridor from 8:30 am until 6:00 pm each day. There will be no controlled traffic on Friday, October 6, through Sunday, October 8; Hwy 138 will be open with no restriction during that 3-day period. .

Fire suppression repair continues with hazard tree mitigation which has begun within the Fall Creek Fire area. On the 4711/550, 4770, 4760 and the 28 Roads snagging/hazard tree falling and clearing efforts continue.

Last Saturday members of the Umpqua National Forest Fire crew entered the area and began flagging hazard trees in advance of a team of now 11 local area contract fallers under the supervision of a Falling Boss and a Safety Officer. The task force, which includes a fire-line paramedic for crew safety along with a skidder to clear the dropped trees off of the road, is making slow but steady progress. It is anticipated that the task force has at least two to three more days work ahead of them.

On Forest Road 3811& 3817, the horizontal grinder (Tub Grinder) has been working steadily in conjunction with an excavator and 8 dump trucks which has production ahead of schedule. They still have at least two more days of work until the suppression repair is completed in this area.

There will continue to be smokes within the containment lines as individual logs and stumps smolder. These smokes are well interior and are surrounded by already burnt vegetation and do not pose a threat to the containment lines.

Weather: Thursday will be sunny, with a high near 76. Calm winds becoming north northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Thursday night will be clear, with a low around 45 with a north wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the evening. Friday sunny, with a high near 78 with calm winds becoming north northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Resources: 1 Crew, 11 Fallers, 3 Engines, 1 Grinder, 2 Water Tender, 3 Skidders, 1 Backhoe, 8 Dump Trucks, 1 Road Grader, 1 Log Loader, 1 Masticator, 4 Excavators, 1 Forwarder, 1 Log Grinder, 1 Chipper and 1 Front End Loader. Total personnel: 136

Closures: The revised closure order issued on September 22, 2017, is anticipated to remain in place, at least until the end of this week. The following trails are now open: segments of the North Umpqua Trail #1414, Mt. Bailey Trail, #1415, Dread and Terror Trail, #1461, Rodley Butte Trail, #1452, and West Lake Trail, #1452.

On the North Umpqua Ranger District, Forest Road 38 near Steamboat will reopen from the junction with Hwy 138 to Forest Road 4760. Forest Road 38 will remain closed between Forest Road 4760 and Forest Road 3821. Steamboat ballfield Group Site is open again. Steamboat Falls and Canton Creek campgrounds will remain closed for the season and reopen in the Spring. Forest Road 3401 (Loafer1creek), leading to the Umpqua Hot Springs, and adjacent spurs are now open. Forest Road 34 will remain closed between the junction of Forest Road 3401 and the Willamette National Boundary. Devil’s Canyon area closure south of Hwy. 138 on the Diamond Lake Ranger District has been greatly reduced, roads along Rough Creek and around Skookum lake in the fire area northwest of Garwood Butte will remain closed.

The public is being asked to respect closures.

For additional information you can go to Inciweb website and the Umpqua National Forest website, which can be viewed at www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua.

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