Thursday, August 22, 2013

Illinois River Road to Remain Closed

The Illinois River Road (Forest Road #4103) is expected to remain closed for an extended period due to concerns for firefighter and public safety in the area of the Labrador Fire.   The closure will periodically be reassessed based on current and expected fire conditions with the highest regard for safety. 

“The Forest Service recognizes that the closure of this popular road has consequences for the public and local businesses.   We appreciate your cooperation and patience during the closure, allowing safety to remain our number one priority,” said Acting District Ranger James Simino.

Although currently exhibiting minimal activity due to sparse vegetation and moderate fire weather, the Labrador Fire has no containment lines around it.  The potential to grow rapidly remains, given the right weather conditions such as strong, sustained winds. 

An analysis conducted by an U.S. Forest Service Long-Term Fire Assessment Team indicated the Labrador Fire could demonstrate significant, periodic growth until a season - ending rain event occurs.  It is essential that the narrow forest road provide a rapid, safe access route for both firefighters and residents living within the closure area.
For more information on the Labrador Fire call (541) 864-9282 or visit http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3563/.  Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest information is available at www.fs.usda.gov/rogue-siskiyou.

[Originally posted by Virginia Gibbons]

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