Current situation

Fires in the Garner Complex in Josephine County have burned close to a 1,000 acres since Sunday. ODF Incident Management Team 2 has taken command of the Complex to allow the Southwest Oregon District to focus on dozens of other lightning-sparked wildfires. While temperatures in many parts of Oregon won't be quite as hot today, conditions are drier than normal for this time of year. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 99% of Oregonians live in areas that are abnormally dry or in moderate drought, with southeast Oregon already in severe drought.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Shadow Lake Fire - closure areas reduced

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

Yesterday, the closure areas were reduced around the Shadow Lake Fire due to the wet, cooler weather and the hard work of fire crews to secure the fire line. The cooler temperatures have also allowed the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests to resume management of the fire.

“The reduced area closure opens up some popular roads and recreation sites,” said Randy Harbick, Fire Management Officer for the McKenzie River Ranger District. “However, since we will still have fire crews and some equipment finishing rehabilitation work, please drive carefully if you visit the area.”

Popular areas now open include:
• Big Lake Campground (in a no services status)

• Big Lake Youth Camp

• Potato Hill/Jack Pine area

• Dry Creek Trailhead

• Belknap and Little Belknap Crater

• Lakes south of Corbett Sno-Park

• Forest Service Road 500

Popular areas that remain closed include Big Lake West Campground, Forest Service Road 810, the Patjens Lake Trail, a portion of Dry Creek Trail and a section of the Pacific Crest Trail. The closure area is subject to change, but due to continued hazards from snags and hotspots within the fire some form of closure will likely remain through the winter.

For more information on the Shadow Lake fire and to view the updated closure map, go to  or visit the websites of the Willamette National Forest ( ) and the Deschutes National Forest ( ). More information is also available by calling the Sisters Ranger District (541-549-7700) and/or the McKenzie River Ranger District (541) 822-3381.

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