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Officials increase size of area closure as fires grow on Umpqua National Forest

(Map courtesy Umpqua National Forest)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Additional areas, roads and trails on the Umpqua National Forest are temporarily closed during efforts to manage wildfires on Diamond Lake and Tiller Ranger Districts.

Forest Service officials released a revised set of closures for those areas, effective August 29.

The area south of Highway 138 is closed from the western boundary of Forest Road 4720 along Calf Ridge to the eastern boundary of Forest Roads 4785 and 4786 along Bear Creek and then south to Forest Road 2715 and trails no. 1477 and 1470 in the northern tip of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness.

Another change is a closed area between Boulder Creek Wilderness to the west and Forest Road 34 (along Deer Creek) to the east. Forest Road 34 is closed to motorized traffic except for the two-mile segment from the junction with Highway 138 and Forest Road 3401 leading to the Umpqua Hot Springs. The hot springs remain open to use and must be accessed by foot so that Forest Road 3401 remains clear of parked vehicles, allowing emergency vehicles and fire engines to safely drive the road.

In addition, Forest Road 6515-530 leading to Hershberger Mountain lookout on the east side of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness is also closed.

All closed roads, areas, recreation sites, trails, river segments, and highway pull-outs can be found on Order 06-15-00-17-378 at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd557073.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.

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