Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District Area Closure Reduced
Areas East of Applegate Lake Reopen for Recreationists
MEDFORD, OR September 25, 2020 – Effective Friday, September 25, 2020, a portion of the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District has reopened for public entry. Following the recent rains, and the ongoing and successful efforts to suppress the Slater and Devil Fires, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is reducing the closure that was put in place on September 10. That closure had closed popular places such as the Ashland Municipal Watershed, Applegate Lake, and Wagner Butte, all of which will now be open.
Public lands closures remain in effect near the Slater Fire and Devil Fire to reduce interference with emergency crews and allow for fire suppression and burned area recovery. The revised closure area is now, generally, the portion of the District to the south and west of Applegate Lake, including the Red Buttes Wilderness Area and the roads and trails west of Applegate Lake. The revised Forest Closure Order is effective September 25, 2020, and replaces the previous closure. It’s effective until December 15, 2020, unless sooner rescinded.
“We recognize the importance of outdoor experiences for people, now more than ever, and want to thank the public for being patient with us as we tried to account for both firefighter and public safety during a period of extreme fire danger,” says Chamise Kramer, RRSNF Public Affairs Specialist.
Please remain vigilant while out on your public lands, as fire season is not over yet! Despite recent rains, fuel conditions remain very dry and new fire starts are possible. Help us thank firefighters, and protect your community from new, human-caused fires by following the public use restrictions that are still in place. Current fire restrictions, fire danger, and other useful information can be found on the RRSNF’s website, and regular updates are also posted on the Facebook and Twitter pages.