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Corvallis, OR – Extremely dry conditions, heat, unusually high winds, and thousands of downed trees have created unprecedented fire and public safety concerns throughout the Siuslaw National Forest. Firefighting resources are stretched thin across the region and the nation and conditions remain unsafe for forest employees to address hazards due to downed trees. Due to these conditions, the Siuslaw National Forest is temporarily closing to public access. This closure covers all National Forest forested, coastal, and sand areas and includes the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Sand Lake, developed campgrounds, dispersed camping, day use areas, wilderness areas, and all forest roads and trails.

Forest officials strongly encourage the public to avoid visiting the forest effective immediately and the closure goes into effect at Noon Pacific Daylight Time on September 10, 2020. This is a temporary closure to protect public, employee, and firefighter safety and health. It will be re-evaluated regularly as conditions change.

Extreme fire weather has caused rapid growth of fires throughout the northwest, and new ignitions have strained all resources in the region. Nationally, and within Oregon, firefighting resources are operating at maximum capacity and resources are severely limited.

"They don't happen often but the Oregon Coast Range has experienced very large fires in the past," said Forest Supervisor Robert Sanchez. "Most coastal fires are human caused so by restricting public access at this time of highest risk we can reduce the chance of new fires igniting when firefighting resources are stretched to capacity. We also have thousands of trees down from recent high winds adding additional safety concerns. We're asking for people's patience and cooperation until conditions become safe."

It is critical that forest visitors follow this important closure for their own safety and the safety of our neighboring communities, employees, and firefighters.

More information and the latest updates can be found at our website and on our Facebook page.


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Alexa Valladolid (she/her/hers)
Public Affairs Specialist
Forest Service
Siuslaw National Forest
Work cell: 971-203-6427
[email protected]
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
www.fs.fed.us
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I just found out last night my reservations at Spinreel have been cancelled. :mad: Hope y'all are staying safe down there and this crazy fire season ends soon.
Thinking about heading over to St Anthony instead, but never having been there I am clueless.
Anybody have any advice for a spur of the moment trip?
 

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What’s the latest local news on these closures? Weather forecasts seem to indicate the coast is getting rain, hopefully that helps. We’ve got a group trip to Winchester scheduled October 4-10 so we’re looking for hints if we need to reconsider this year.
 

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Last word is they are working toward reopening. The smoke is a big problem. Limits visibility and very unhealthy. Rain forcast for next few days. Will have to wait and see if enough for them to reopen the sand.
 

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Smoke forecast is to have some cleaning with the rain, but then smoke move back in the valley. Unsure of impact on coast. We need our west winds to blow out the smoke. Still reports of new fires starting. Only can be man caused. No wind or weather events to start them. They send me there press release. Will post as I get them.
 
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Corvallis, OR: Officials are preparing to reopen some parts of the Siuslaw National Forest at noon Friday, September 18, as weather patterns help reduce fire danger, though campfire restrictions remain in place. Many recreation sites will remain temporarily closed as staff continue to assess and mitigate safety hazards following the historic wind storm on Labor Day, which left downed trees and hanging limbs in recreation sites and on roads across the forest.



"It was a historic confluence of events that necessitated closing the forest last week," said Robert Sanchez, forest supervisor. "The extreme dryness coupled with a rare and damaging east wind event created a dangerous situation for the public, our employees, and emergency responders. Our team is challenged by reduced staffing this year due to Covid, a number of employees assisting on emergencies throughout the state, and other employees who have had to evacuate their homes due to fire, but we're working to reopen our sites as fast as it's safe to do so."



The general forest area, which are those parts of the forest outside of developed recreation sites, and most forest roads will reopen at noon Friday, while most developed recreation sites such as campgrounds, trailheads, and day use sites, including at Marys Peak, will stay closed. At the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, dispersed use will be permitted and some developed day use sites will open; many other day use sites, plus all campgrounds and sand camps, at the dunes will remain closed at this time. The Sand Lake Recreation Area will open, with all campgrounds operating on a first-come, first-served basis. Many parts of the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area will remain closed while staff work to mitigate hazards from hundreds of downed trees. As fire danger remains high, public use restrictions on campfires and other possible ignition sources continues to be in effect.



Before leaving home, visitors must check online or by phone to find out which recreation sites are open; this list will be updated regularly as recreation sites reopen. Travelers should be prepared to find debris and possibly downed trees on lesser used and spur roads and should be aware of possible hazards, such as dangling limbs, in forested areas.



Due to Covid-19, Siuslaw National Forest offices are conducting the majority of public business by phone, email, or through web-based transactions. Members of the public should call to schedule an appointment to conduct any critical in-person business.



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Lisa Romano
Public Affairs Staff Officer
Forest Service
Siuslaw National Forest
p: 541-750-7075
[email protected]
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
www.fs.fed.us
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The reason behind the closure. Required me to dig WAY back in memory to a fire event in Oregon many, many years ago. All the Forest Service personnel working on the coast were redirected to fire fighting and support there off.

We had our first good rain event last night Sep 17/18 with more in forecast. Down side is they are thunderstorms and can cause more fires. Good news FIRST DAY WE CAN BREATH THE AIR for 10 days. Now can get back outside to get a few thing caught up on. Only can hope this and other rain coming will put out a lot of the fire and make it lay down so they can use air support, now the smoke is not interfering. There is hope.

Only after the fires are under control will the FS personnel be realized to resume their normal duties i.e. open up the riding areas.
 

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That's the beauty of living it an area where the community still comes together during time of crisis ... In many parts of the country that is no longer a common virtue ... It puts a smile on my face to see that happening
 

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I think since the Dunes are not on this closed list, they must be open. Not 100%. This is kind of double talk. If coming from far might be wise to call.


Corvallis, OR: Many developed recreation sites that were closed following the historic Labor Day wind storm will be reopening at noon on Thursday, September 24. Downed trees and hanging limbs that created hazards at recreation sites are still being cleaned up; some day use recreation sites, access roads, and campgrounds will remain temporarily closed until further notice. With the reduced fire danger due to cooler, wetter weather, campfire restrictions have been lifted.

"The number of trees and limbs that came down in the storm earlier this month made many of our recreation sites unsafe for visitors," said Robert Sanchez, forest supervisor. "Some of these places, like Cape Perpetua and Drift Creek Falls, were especially hard hit. We appreciate people's patience as we work to clean up these sites and make them safe for everyone to enjoy again."

The recreation sites that will remain temporarily closed are listed below. Some campgrounds that typically close for the season at the end of September will not reopen this season; they are identified below. The closed day use sites will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.

Ranger DistrictTrail
Central CoastDiscovery Loop #1387Temporary Closure
Central CoastGiant Spruce #1365Temporary Closure
Central CoastGwynn Creek #1371Temporary Closure
Central CoastSaint Perpetua #1306Temporary Closure
Central CoastWhispering Spruce #1305Temporary Closure
HeboCascade Head – Rainforest #1310Temporary Closure
HeboHart’s Cove #1303Temporary Closure
HeboDrift Creek Falls #1378Temporary Closure
HeboBattle Lake #1302Temporary Closure
Ranger DistrictTrailhead
Central CoastCape Perpetua THTemporary Closure
Central CoastCape Perpetua Giant Spruce Trail THTemporary Closure
Central CoastCape Perpetua Saint Perpetua THTemporary Closure
Central CoastCape Perpetua Whispering Spruce THTemporary Closure
HeboBattle Lake THTemporary Closure
HeboHarts Cove THTemporary Closure
HeboDrift Creek FallsTemporary Closure
HeboPioneer-Indian TH (at Hebo Lake)Temporary Closure
HeboCascade Head - Rainforest North THTemporary Closure
HeboCascade Head - Rainforest South THTemporary Closure
Ranger DistrictCampground
Central CoastCarter LakeSeasonal Closure
Central CoastTahkenitchSeasonal Closure
Central CoastTyeeSeasonal Closure
Central CoastWaxmyrtleSeasonal Closure
Central CoastMarys PeakSeasonal Closure
Central CoastNorth Fork SiuslawSeasonal Closure
Central CoastRock CreekSeasonal Closure
Central CoastCanal Creek – Group CampgroundSeasonal Closure
Central CoastRiver Edge – Group CampgroundSeasonal Closure
HeboCastle Rock – Group CampgroundSeasonal Closure
Ranger DistrictDay Use Site
Central CoastCape Perpetua Visitor CenterTemporary Closure
Ranger DistrictRoad
Central CoastCape Perpetua VC Road #1000519Temporary Closure
HeboCascade Head Road #1861Temporary Closure


Before leaving home, visitors must check online or by phone to find out which recreation sites are open; this list will be updated regularly as recreation sites reopen. Travelers should be prepared to find debris and possibly downed trees on lesser used and spur roads and should be aware of possible hazards, such as dangling limbs, in forested areas.

Due to Covid-19, Siuslaw National Forest offices are conducting the majority of public business by phone, email, or through web-based transactions. Members of the public should call to schedule an appointment to conduct any critical in-person business.

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Lisa Romano
Public Affairs Staff Officer
Forest Service
Siuslaw National Forest
p: 541-750-7075
[email protected]
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
www.fs.fed.us
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Sent an email and received a response. The Dunes are officially open.
 
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