Crews are assessing the damage now that the more than 11-thousand acre Terwilliger Fire is approaching containment.
The road to the popular Cougar hot springs in the Willamette National Forest is closed indefinitely.
Pam Sichting with the Northwest Incident management team on site, says a firefighter Monday discovered a large tree had fallen across road 19, also known as Aufderheide Scenic Byway.
“You could see its root-ball where it was actually what we would term a fire-weakened tree.” Sichting says, “So its roots got burnt out and then the tree fell down onto the road. And it was a very large tree. It was about a 50-inch in diameter tree.”
Sichting says they’re working to remove other fire-weakened trees and loose rocks along the roadway. The fire is 80 percent contained but continues to creep and smolder on its east side in the Three Sisters Wilderness.