Willamette National Forest

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The waste and refuse left at homeless encampments has been an issue for many local governments, including the City of Eugene.  Earlier this summer we reported on ongoing efforts to clean up several islands in the Willamette River. But it’s also a problem beyond city limits.  Recently, KLCC’s Brian Bull ventured out into the Willamette National Forest to check on clean-up efforts there as well.

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Recent lightning storms have kept fire officials busy throughout the region.

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Following Thursday's storms, the Willamette National Forest reports about 40 new lightning-caused fires, all 1 acre or less.

Rachael McDonald

The forecast is calling for thunderstorms this week in western Oregon and fire officials say they’re prepared for possible fire starts. They’re also asking the public to take precautions to prevent human-caused fires.

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For the second time in history, the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is coming from an Oregon forest. The 35-year-old, 82-foot noble fir was chosen from the Sweet Home Ranger District on the Willamette National Forest in August and was cut last week.

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As of Tuesday morning, open fires are now allowed in the Willamette National Forest. That’s due to the cooler temperatures that arrived over the weekend.

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U.S Forest Service officials have begun surveying the damage caused to the Terwilliger Hot Springs as a result of the Terwilliger Fire that began on August 19th.

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UPDATE: As of 7:10 pm Monday (9/3), the Terwilliger Fire 60 miles east of Eugene-Springfield continues to burn in rugged terrain.

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The Terwilliger Fire, in the Willamette National forest, is now 6,866 acres and 17% contained.

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Air attacks on the Terwilliger Fire burning east and west of the Cougar Reservoir were suspended Sunday after an unmanned aircraft system, or “drone”, was detected over the fire, violating a temporary flight restriction.

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The Terwilliger Fire in the Willamette National Forest doubled in size. It is now over 3,200 acres and 1% contained. Officials report the fire has burned through a popular recreation site known as Cougar Hot Springs.

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A new fire was reported on the Willamette National Forest near Terwilliger Hot Springs on Sunday.

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Fire managers for the Willamette National Forest announced today they are banning the use of campfires in all wilderness areas. This includes all land within the boundaries of the Willamette and Deschutes National Forests.

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Crews are nearly finished removing a rockslide off a forest service road in the Willamette National Forest east of Eugene.

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Crews are still working to remove a rock slide that in December closed off access to a popular hot springs in the Willamette National Forest east of Eugene. The first phase for reopening Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Drive) is complete.

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The Willamette National Forest has re-opened nearly all of the trails closed by last summer’s wildfires. All trails in the Three Sisters Wilderness are now accessible. The Pacific Crest Trail through the Mount Jefferson Wilderness is now open in its entirety.

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The U.S. Forest Service is advancing a plan to limit access to five wilderness areas in Oregon. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Recorded On: March 16, 2018

Air Date: March 19, 2018

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Last week, a rockslide shut off access to a popular hot spring in the Willamette National Forest east of Eugene. There’s no timeline for when the road will re-open.

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Access to Terwilliger Hot Springs (also known as Cougar Hot Springs) on the Willamette National Forest outside of Springfield remains closed following a large landslide that occurred overnight Wednesday.

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UPDATED 8:30pm Tuesday:

The Lane County Sheriff's Office has upgraded the evacuation levels for the Upper McKenzie Valley.

Level 3 "GO" Evacuate Now: East of the junction of Hwy 242 and Hwy 126, including Belknap Hot Springs, Camp Yale and campgrounds in the area of Hwy 242 and Clearlake Cutoff Rd., north to Deer Creek. Level 3 means leave now, do not wait. The recommended route is Hwy 126 WEST.

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Elk research and habitat restoration in Oregon has just received nearly $270,000 in grant money. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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A section of the McKenzie River Trail is still closed while crews battle the Blue Top Fire east of Eugene. The blaze has grown to 15 acres in rough terrain.

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A popular trail along the McKenzie River will remain closed through the weekend. Crews are fighting the 2 1/2 acre Blue Top Fire near Blue Pool and Tamolitch Falls east of Eugene.

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Haven't found that perfect Christmas tree yet? There's still time to buy a Forest Service permit and head for the woods.

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Bow hunting season opened in Oregon over the weekend. Local land managers are welcoming visitors to the forests, but they have several cautions.

Recent rains and cooler temperatures have brought a taste of fall.

But Jude McHugh of the Willamette National Forest says the moisture hasn’t penetrated the tree canopy, and fire danger remains high:

Kurt Jenson

It's been 20 years since environmental activists set up a blockade on a forest service road near Oakridge to prevent logging in the Warner Creek watershed in the Willamette National Forest.

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High temperatures and drought conditions in Oregon mean campers need to be extra vigilant this year to prevent forest fires. Willamette National Forest officials are worried about fireworks during the upcoming 4th of July holiday.

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 Jude McHugh is spokeswoman for the Willamette National Forest. She says a lot has changed in more than 20 years. She says the forest managers hope to hear from folks in the middle ground.

McHugh: "There's also we know a great number of people who generally don't get their voices heard about the national forest that maybe they recreate in, that they appreciate knowing are there for quietude and solitude. Maybe they go up and they get firewood or other forest products, and we don't get to hear from those people that often."

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Crews are using a firm hand to keep a pair of small wildfires in the Willamette National Forest southeast of Oakridge from growing. The Staley Complex is just over 100 acres but it's in steep, rugged terrain which is hard for firefighters to access. Fire spokesman Peter Frenzen says the blazes were sparked by lightning.