Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Bear Camp Road Reopened

[ Updated 11:45 a.m. ]

Bear Camp Road (BLM # 34-8-36 and Forest Service #23) reopened yesterday morning, but all BLM roads off the Bear Camp Road remain closed. Should fire activity on the Big Windy Complex increase in the future, there is the possibility the closure will be implemented again.

The following roads will remain closed until further notice:
  • Grave Creek to Marial Back Country Byway, which includesMt. Reuben Road (34-8-1 Road), 32-8-31 Road, a portion of the 32-8-9.2 Road, and the Marial Access Road (32-9-14.2).
  • Burnt Ridge Road, Forest Service Road 2308, is closed from the junction with Forest Road 23 to the junction with Forest Road 33.
Please use caution when driving on Bear Camp Road. Heavy equipment and other fire-related traffic is using the road and drivers are asked to drive slowly.

Camping is allowed on the north side of the Rogue River from Montgomery Creek to Quail Creek. Camping remains closed on the south side of the river in this same area.

The Big Windy Complex has burned 24,253 acres and is 87 percent contained. Management of the complex has been returned to the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District.

Nearly 90 firefighters are assigned to the fire today, and they have 10 engines, three water tenders and two bulldozers available for use as necessary.

A separate contingent of workers is assigned to the Big Windy Complex to continue burned-area rehabilitation projects. Seven bulldozers, two excavators and other heavy equipment, such as log loaders, are working in the fire area.