Medford, OR – The recent series of storms to hit southwest Oregon have damaged several roads on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and visitors are advised they may encounter closed roads and/or hazardous driving conditions as additional rain and high winds continue to impact the area.
The most seriously impacted area is the Gold Beach Ranger District. Forest Service Road (FSR) 1983, the Mt. Emily road, has failed at milepost 2.5. The road is impassible and barricaded with no estimate on when it will be repaired. The following roads have incurred damage to the fill slope and drainage structures but are still passible:
FSR 1376 (Chetco River Road) at milepost 7.4
FSR 3680 (Hunter Creek Road) at milepost 3 and milepost 5
Maintenance crews are clearing small slides, plugged culverts and downed trees on numerous other roads on the Gold Beach, Powers, Wild Rivers, Siskiyou Mountains and High Cascades Ranger Districts and travel may be delayed as this work continues. Forest Service employees continue to patrol the road system on all Ranger Districts to identify any additional safety hazards. The public is encouraged to report any road related safety hazards (washouts, slope failures, blow down, etc.) to the local Ranger District office.
Pre-planning makes winter trips to the woods a safer and more enjoyable experience
Drivers should be particularly cautious during the winter season on forest roads. Be prepared to encounter washouts, road surface erosion, soft mud surfaces and snow. On any outing to the forest this time of year, be prepared for winter weather and check weather conditions prior to departure. It is strongly advised that you take a reliable map of the area with you and travel with a full tank of gas. Bring along adequate supplies such as warm clothing, blankets/sleeping bags, high energy food, water, warm beverages, first aid kit, flashlight, whistle, mirror, shovel and chains. For you and your family’s safety, always let someone know where you plan to go and when you expect to return.