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Sept. Fires Still Restrict Public Access To Recreation Areas Near Roseburg

Rachael McDonald

Some recreation areas remain closed more than five months after the many fires that sparked in Oregon on Labor Day. Hazards remain—even places where embers aren’t fully extinguished.

The Archie Creek fire burned more than 130 thousand acres—along the well-loved North Umpqua River.  Cheyne Rossbach is with the Bureau of Land Management Roseburg District. He said the agency is still clearing hazard trees and debris to make recreation areas safer.

“People think, oh it’s rained so much out here, obviously, the fire’s out,” Rossbach said. “Not necessarily.  You can have burning that burns under the roots and put a foot through in the hot spot still. That’s still a possibility.”

At Swiftwater Day use area east of Roseburg, the formerly green woods are now blackened by the fire. This is a popular spot and a way to access the North Umpqua trail—but it’s one of the places that’s closed until further notice.

Credit Rachael McDonald
The N Umpqua Trail at Swiftwater Day Use area east of Glide.

According to the BLM, sites closed due to the Archie Creek fire include:

Rock Creek Campground and Day Use Area

Lone Pine Group Campground

Millpond Group Campground and Day Use Area

Sawmill Trail

North Umpqua Trail, Tioga Segment (BLM Managed)

Susan Creek Falls Trail

Areas accessible to the public:

Susan Creek Day Use Area

Susan Creek Boat Launch

Emerald Trail (Between Susan Creek Day Use Area and Tioga Bridge)

Susan Creek Campground will open this spring on a normal schedule

Tyee Campground (open for reservation through recreation.gov year around)

Cavitt Creek Campground and Day Use Area

Osprey Boat Launch

Wolf Creek Falls Trail

E-Mile Day Use Area

Cow Creek Back Country Byway

Island Creek Day Use Area

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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