Hurricane Creek Trail #1807 Open and Area Closure Lifted
BAKER CITY, OREGON – District Ranger Kris Stein and Fire Management Officers announced today that the Hat Point Road (Forest Service Road #4240) to Hat Point Overlook and to the Warnock Corral Trailhead is now open. From the Warnock Corral Trailhead, the Western Rim National Recreation Trail north (#1774), also known as the Lord Flat Road (FSR #4240-315), will remain closed to motorized vehicles due to firefighter traffic and safety concerns. The public is reminded that a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is still in place over the Lord Flat Airstrip; however discussions are occurring that the TFR might be lifted by this weekend. Pilots should reference the Federal Aviation Administration Notice to Airmen (NOTAMs) by visiting http://www.faa.gov/ for more information.
Additionally, an area closure has been implemented to the east of FSR 4240-315(Lord Flat Road or Trail #1774); however the Trails along the perimeter of the area closure will remain open, while inside the area closure the trails will be closed (eastern portion of Trail #1770a between junction of Trail #1771 and #1770; and the western portion of Trail #1750 from the junction of #1771and FSR 4240-315).
The description for the area closure is as follows: Starting in the southwest corner, from the junction of Trail #1759 and Trail #1771, to the east along Somers Ridge and Trail #1767. This intersects with Trail #1770, traveling north along Somers Creek (Trail #1770) to Somers Ranch, north on to Trail #1769 to Trail #1750. The closure then goes west on Trail #1750 to Trail #1771. Once crossing Deep Creek, travel along the northern top portion of Sections 16 and 17, following Section lines 16 and 17 west to FSR 4240-315. The closure goes south to junction of FSR 4240-315 and Trail #1770a, then travels east where it intersects with Trail #1771, where it runs south to the origin of the closure (see attached map).
Hurricane Creek Trail #1807 and the Area Closure for the Hurricane Creek fire will be lifted at 8:00 am on August 26, 2014. Please continue to use caution when travelling in these areas where fire activity has occurred.
As hunting season approaches, Forest officials want to remind visitors to frequently check with local district offices on fires in the area and closures associated with fire activity. The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has a 14-day stay limit for camping, and visitors should not leave a camp unattended for more than 24 hours. Additional information on the 14-day limit can be found at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wallowa-whitman/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5251602.