“The area closure allows travel on open forest roads that border the fire perimeter while prohibiting access into the burned area,” said Mike Rassbach, District Ranger on the Walla Walla Ranger District. Travelers should refer to the Motorized Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) for information on the current open forest road system.
The Phillips Creek Fire has burned 2,601 acres northwest of Elgin, Oregon and is currently 82% contained. “We have a solid fireline around the perimeter of the fire though the interior will continue to smolder and put up smoke through this fall. Nearby communities and travelers into the area can expect to see smoke on the landscape as the fire moves through the unburned vegetation,” said Rassbach. Firefighting resources will patrol the fire perimeter and mop up interior hot spots until the fire is declared out.
The closure will be posted at major road intersections. A copy of the area closure map is available at all Umatilla National Forest offices as well as on the Umatilla National Forest website at: www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla/.
Area Closure Description: Beginning at the point where Highway 204 enters onto National Forest, west along the Forest Boundary to Forest Service Road (FSR) 3740, north-northwest along FSR 3740 to the junction with FSR 3738, north along FSR 3738 to East Phillips Creek (Section 28),following east Phillips Creek east to Pedro Creek, following Pedro Creek east-northeast to FSR 3734, south along FSR 3 734 to junction with Highway 204, south along Highway 204 to beginning point at Forest Boundary.