Sisters Folk Festival joins growing list of cancellations, closures due to Oregon fires
EUGENE, Ore. - The Sisters Folk Festival joins the growing list of events canceled due to the 2017 fire season.
"It is with profound regret that the Board of Directors of the Sisters Folk Festival announces that the September 8 – 10, 2017 event has been cancelled due to extremely poor air quality conditions in Central Oregon," the festival announced on Facebook on September 6, 2017. "After days of intensive consultation with fire managers, meteorologists and health professionals, we have determined that we cannot move forward with the festival without severely compromising the quality of the experience for our artists and our patrons."
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This is the first cancellation of its kind in the festival's 22 year history.
Cycle Oregon also made the difficult decision to cancel its week-long ride through Oregon. This would have been the philanthropic peloton's 30th anniversary.
The Cuthbert Amphitheatre in Eugene cancelled a performance Sunday.
And the Britt Festival in southern Oregon has rescheduled a performance due to the smoke.
The cancellations are the latest blows to Oregon's tourism industry amidst a difficult season of fire and smoke.
Multnomah Falls, the iconic falls and lodge in the Columbia River Gorge, is closed due to the Eagle Creek Fire burning there. Investigators say that fire started with a teen playing with fireworks near Punchbowl Falls, a popular hiking destination.
And hundreds of campgrounds and trails were closed over Labor Day weekend, thanks to fires.
Highway 242 - the historic and scenic McKenzie Pass Highway - is subject to an "indefinite closure" due to impacts from forest fires.
The smoke and closures have impacted portions of the popular McKenzie River Trail and North Umpqua Trail. In the middle of the state, smoke has caused problems in the "Mountain Bike Capital of Oregon" of Oakridge.
Facing danger from nearby wildfires, Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center plans to remain closed until September 25.