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Rail Fire closure south of Forest Road 1370 opens Saturday

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on September 30, 2016 12:05PM


The Rail Fire area closure south of Forest Road 1370 on the Malheur National Forest will be lifted Saturday, Oct. 1.

Fire areas on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest portion of the burn require additional roadside hazard tree removal and further rehabilitation work before officials feel the area is safe for public access, according to a Forest Service press release.

Resources continue mop up and suppression repair efforts on the affected areas. Efforts include disposing of slash created by the firefighting efforts, repairing roads, making fireline surfaces less prone to future erosion and reducing the risk to the public.

Fire officials urge the public to continue to use caution when traveling in the burned area. Be alert for hazards such as snag trees, slick ash and erosion. During wind events, an increase in snags falling may occur within the burn perimeter. Use extreme caution when hunting or recreating in the open portions of the burned area.

For further forest information, please visit the Rail Fire on Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4914.

Additional forest information can be found for the Malheur National Forest at fs.usda.gov/malheur, or by calling 541-575-3000, and for the Wallowa-Whitman by visiting fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman or calling 541-523-6391.



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