Red Buttes Wilderness Vicinity Area Closure Lifted; Trail Closures Remain I
Incident: Fort Complex Wildfire
Red Buttes Wilderness Vicinity Area Closure Lifted; Trail Closures Remain In Effect
SOUTHWEST OR With much of the Fort Complex fires secured and opening weekend for deer rifle hunting beginning in the state of California, an area closure in the Middle Fork Applegate River area on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has been lifted. This includes popular forest roads 1040, 1030, 1035, 1055, and 1050 and a large portion of the Red Buttes Wilderness. Four trails remain closed due to fire operations near Azalea Lake in the Red Buttes Wilderness. These trails are #957 Butte Fork Trail between the junctions of #954, #955, and #956 trails, #954 Shoofly Trail, #955 Fir Glade Trail, and #956 Goff Butte Trail.
People using the lower Cook and Green trail #959 should use caution in the Lick fire area and watch for hazardous conditions along the trail including burned trees and holes adjacent to the trail.
Acting District Ranger Ian Reid said, "We thank forest and wilderness visitors for their patience and respect while these closures were in effect to provide for public and firefighter safety. We hope forest visitors enjoy a safe and successful deer hunting season."
Visitors to recently opened portions of the Red Buttes Wilderness are advised they may still see fire suppression activity for the next week, including low elevation helicopter flights. They may also hear motorized equipment such as chain saws and pumps.
"The Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District employees appreciated the outpouring of support from the upper Applegate community over the last six weeks," added Reid.
Closures associated with the Fort Complex also remain in effect on the Klamath National Forest.
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