Thursday, September 12, 2013

Illinois River Road Re-Opens

The Illinois River Road (FS 4103) re-opened Wednesday, Sept. 11.  An ongoing assessment by fire operations personnel has shown the Labrador Creek Fire to display minimal fire activity. Although the fire has no containment lines around it, fire behavior has moderated sufficiently to allow public access to this popular recreation area.
 
The Labrador Creek Fire area is currently showing just a few isolated interior smokes. However, fire danger is expected to remain “Extreme” through the weekend; we advise anyone visiting the area to be cautious.  A small staff of firefighters and equipment will continue to patrol the area this weekend and beyond to keep a watch on fire behavior.
 
“We don’t anticipate the fire behavior to change significantly, but we will be prepared to take action if it does,” said Acting District Ranger Kevin Johnson.
 
Numerous standing dead trees with potentially weakened root systems remain within the fire area.  Again, taking appropriate cautionary measures, such as avoiding walking through areas with many standing weakened trees, is advised.
 
Personal Use Restrictions remain in effect on the forest. For a copy of the news release (August 28, 2013), posted closure order and Exhibit A, which lists the campgrounds where fires are allowed in designated fire rings, visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/rogue-siskiyou.    Click on “News and Events” and “Alerts and Notices” to locate the above information.

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