Current situation

Lightning mainly east of the Cascade crest is a concern through mid-week as it is a key source of new wildfire starts, often in remote and difficult terrain. Firefighters are still battling many large existing fires across Oregon, most of them started by earlier lightning storms.








Sunday, August 7, 2011

Recreation closures on Brown Road fire

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

Recreation closure impacts and re-openings have been implemented Saturday evening resulting from the Brown Road fire burning near Maupin.

Beginning 9:00pm Saturday -- Segment 3 of the Lower Deschutes will re-open to boating. Boating will be allowed throughout Segment 3 from Buck Hollow to Macks Canyon. Vehicles bringing in rafters or taking out rafters will be able to travel without escort along the Access Road north of Hwy 216; however, they should watch for firefighters working in the area and should yield the road to fire vehicles.


No overnight camping will be allowed from Buck Hollow to Macks Canyon. Campsites below Macks Canyon are open for rafters doing an overnight float to Heritage Landing, as are all sites in Segment 2 above and below Maupin. The camping restriction is expected to be lifted Sunday evening. Helicopters may still be working in the area, so use caution on both the road and while on the river. Please visit the Lower Deschutes River Webpage or call Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center for more information.

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