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New closure order enacted due to Jones Fire progression

"Intense fire behavior from the Jones Fire damaged a footbridge over Slick Creek on the Fall Creek Trail," the USDA Forest Service said. (USDA photo from Aug. 31, 2017)

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Because of the Jones Fire’s progression across Forest Road 18 and its expansion to the southeast, a new closure order has been signed, officials said. The closure is enacted to provide for public and employee safety in the affected area.

Monday on the Jones Fire, crews completed brushing operations along Forest Road 18 and Forest Road 1839. This work was done to limit potential for fire growth further south and east when warmer weather returns. Plans continue for the repair of suppression activities. For firefighter’s safety, crews were pulled off of the Kelsey Fire due to poor weather conditions, including substantial rainfall and high winds.

Tuesday on the Jones Fire, crews will continue to remove excess equipment from the fireline, remove protective wrapping from structures, mop up and patrol. On the Kelsey Fire, firefighters will continue to build hand line on the southern edge of the fire, working along Bunchgrass Ridge, as weather and conditions allow.

The cool and unsettled weather pattern is expected to continue through the week. In the past 24 hours, the fire areas received approximately one inch of rain and, by the end of Tuesday, an additional inch of precipitation is predicted. Fire behavior has decreased significantly due to the wetting rains and lower temperatures.

To protect public and firefighters safety, the Willamette National Forest has expanded the area closure further southeast to include FR 1912 from its junction with FR 1825 to FR1839, then continuing on FR 1839 to its junction with FR 18. These segments of road and all lands to the northwest where they intersect with the previous order are closed.

Jones Fire - Size: 10,514 acres Containment: 70% Cause: Lightning

Kelsey Fire - Size: 527 acres Containment: 10% Cause: Lightning

All Willamette National Forest Fires: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/3860/

Forest Closure Information (Roads, Campgrounds, Trails): https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/willamette/alerts-notices or call (541) 225-6350

For information concerning smoke: https://tools-c2.airfire.org/outlooks/2017/Whitewater#Area1

Travel Information: https://www.tripcheck.com/Pages/RCMap.asp# or call 511

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