Know before you go: Is your favorite Umpqua National Forest location accessible and open?

(closure map via Forest Service)

ROSEBURG, Ore. – The 2017 fire season resulted in emergency area, road, and trail closures across the Umpqua National Forest. These closures were put in place for the health and safety of both the public and firefighting personnel, and are intended to remain in place even after the flames are extinguished until the Forest Supervisor is assured that it is safe within the closure.

Forest roads are often included in these closures and, while not all closures have security guards preventing people from passing through, the Umpqua National Forest staff would like to remind people that these closed areas and roads are considered dangerous until they are assessed for post-fire safety concerns. Things like standing snags, fallen trees across roadways, and traffic related to firefighting or suppression repair are also factors in keeping a closure in place.

As hunting season continues this fall, the Umpqua National Forest staff ask people to be aware: Know Before You Go. The Umpqua North Complex, High Cascades West Zone, and Falcon Complex all currently have closure orders in place, all of which include roads or areas that many forest visitors are accustomed to using to access their favorite spots on the Umpqua National Forest.

There are no current Public Use Restrictions in place prohibiting use of campfires. Open flame fires are permitted anywhere on the Umpqua NF that is open to public access. We ask that you completely extinguish fires before leaving the area – this means the ashes are cold to the touch.

Questions to ask before you go:

• Are there closures in the area I wish to go?

• Are there roads closed due to fire activity or suppression repair that might affect my trip?

• What’s the nearest Umpqua National Forest office to get appropriate maps?

• Do I have the appropriate Motor Vehicle Use Map so I know which roads are open to motorized use?

People who violate closures are subject to fines up to $5,000, imprisonment, or both. Ultimately, though, it is the safety of both the public and the personnel still working on the fire lines about which the Umpqua National Forest is most concerned, officials said.

"We’re asking people to respect the closures, and continue to be patient, for the safety of both themselves, firefighters, and resource specialists."

Visit the Umpqua National Forest on social media for updates.

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