Firefighting prompts closures on the Umpqua National Forest
ROSEBURG, Ore. – Forest Service officials released a revised set of closures on the Umpqua National Forest, effective August 25, officials said.
All of the Boulder Creek Wilderness is now closed to entry as are roads along the eastern edge of the wilderness.
The Sandshed/Millsite area along Highway 138 near milepost 72 is closed to dispersed camping as it is a spike camp for firefighters.
The North Umpqua River is now closed as far east as Soda Springs Dam to the falls at Steamboat Inn and from Jeannie Fishing hole at Steamboat Inn to Susan Creek Campground.
Another change is motorized access into the Umpqua Hot Springs is not available. People may walk along the road to the hot springs. This closure will allow wildland fire engines to patrol hot spots in the area by keeping Forest Road 3401 free of parked vehicles. The closed roads consist of Forest Road 3401 from the junction of Forest Road 34 heading east to the junction of Forest Road 3401-600 and also Forest Road 3401-500 from the junction of Forest Road 3401 to Forest Road 3401-520.
Agency officials reopened one trail, the Windigo Pass Trail (no. 1412) on the Diamond Lake Ranger District. The 6-mile trail can be reached via Kelsay Valley Horse Camp.
All closed roads, areas, recreation sites, trails, river segments, and highway pull-outs can be found on Order 06-15-00-17-377 at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd556747.pdf.
Visitors are encouraged to review additional closures adjacent to the Umpqua National Forest that can be found on the websites for the Willamette, Rogue River-Siskiyou, Deschutes, and Fremont-Winema national forests.