A wildfire burning just outside Oakridge is expected to bring a smoky haze into the Willamette Valley and has already prompted the closure of part of the Cottage Grove Ranger District.
The Deception Complex fire got its start due to lightning on Aug. 12 and is burning about two miles west of Oakridge. On Friday, the U.S. Forest Service issued an emergency area closure for an area on the Cottage Grove Ranger District located along the ridge and just west of the fires burning in the Deception Creek drainage on the Willamette National Forest’s Middle Fork Ranger District. The area affected by this closure is bounded by Forest Service Roads 17 and 1746 to the Willamette National Forest boundary. People are able to drive both the 17 and 1746 roads as well as hike the Spirit Falls Trail (No. 1413).
On Friday, Pam Sichting, information officer for the Oregon Interagency Management Team in charge of fighting the fire, said she expected the partial closure of the Ranger District to interrupt hunters’ plans for the opening of archery deer season, which started Saturday. Adventurers also visit the area to pick huckleberries and for sightseeing this time of year.
The reopening of the District will “depend on the fire’s behavior,” Sichting said. For the complete article see the 09-03-2014 issue.
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