Danger Tree Removal Work Continues, Supporting Public Safety
Cave Junction, Oregon April 28, 2021— As work continues to remove danger trees along roadsides in the footprint of the 2020 Slater Fire, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has extended the area closure until July 31, 2021. The area that is closed to the public remains the same as it has been since a December-dated are closure was implemented. Both the closure order and the accompanying map can be seen on the RRSNF’s website.
The RRSNF has been striving to remove hazards along Forest Road 48, which leads to Happy Camp and was severely affected by the Slater Fire. To date, 2.5 miles of the road have been treated, marking the start of the process to reopen the Wild Rivers Ranger District’s portion of the road.
“It’s my hope that the most recent closure extension will be the last full closure for the Slater Fire area on the district. If work to remove danger trees progresses as planned, I expect to start reducing the closure area in August, and re-open road systems to the public as we continue to treat the roadside danger trees,” said District Ranger Scott Blower.
The RRSNF continues to encourage National Forest visitors to Know Before You Go, particularly in areas previously affected by fires.
- Be aware of current closure areas, and respect them, both for your own safety and the safety of Forest Service employees and contractors.
- Pay attention to current and predicted weather conditions, as gusty winds can create hazardous driving and recreating conditions in areas with standing, dead trees.
The RRSNF wishes to thank the communities for their continued patience and support as the work to make these places safe for public entry continues!