Long-term closure on four-mile section of McKenzie River Trail from Knoll Fire


From the USFS- August 19,2021

McKenzie Bridge, Ore., Aug. 19, 2021 — The Knoll Fire on the McKenzie River Ranger District has transitioned back to the local unit. The 544-acre lightning-caused Knoll Fire is located seven miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge, Ore., and is currently 60% contained. The fire is staying within the containment lines, and fire crews are mopping up and monitoring the fire.

Due to fire impacts and safety hazards, four miles of the McKenzie River Trail will be closed until summer of 2022, and possibly longer, from the Blue Pool/Tamolitch Falls Trailhead south to Deer Creek. The section from Deer Creek to Frissell Boat Launch is currently inside the Knoll Fire closure order but could be opened when the fire closure is lifted. Recreation sites north of Blue Pool/Tamolitch Falls Trailhead, including Blue Pool, remain open as well as recreation sites south of Frissell Boat Launch. The section of the trail is closed due to significant fire damage to the trail surface and trail structures, including Deer Creek Trail Bridge. Additionally, the McKenzie River is closed to boaters from the Trail Bridge Reservoir to the Frissell Boat Launch. The Knolls Fire closure order is still in effect, and recreation sites such as Olallie Campground, Deer Creek, Deer Creek Road, Deer Creek Hot Springs and all other uses within the closure area remain prohibited. For more information on the Knoll Fire closure, visit https://go.usa.gov/xFwt9.

Smoke will potentially be visible in the McKenzie River area from the Knoll Fire and surrounding fires. For information about the air and smoke quality, visit https://fire.airnow.gov/. Campfires are still prohibited on the entire Willamette National Forest due to extreme fire danger and ongoing active fires. “Know Before You Go” and check local fire restrictions before visiting the forest. For more information on fire restrictions or to find detailed maps and the full text of fire-related closure orders, visit https://go.usa.gov/xFfth.

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