[pct-l] Oregon Fire Info

Wayne Kraft wayneskraft at comcast.net
Mon Jul 31 00:26:26 CDT 2006

This just in:


On Jul 30, 2006, at 10:15 PM, Wayne Kraft wrote:

> I'm surprised they would close the PCT for this fire.  I guess it is
> a measure of just how badly this tinderbox area has been mismanaged
> that the USFS has to contemplate this fire threatening McKenzie Pass
> and the west side.  Current policy regarding beetle killed forests
> seems to be to wait for it to explode and then run for your lives.
> Sad. We had a brief rain shower in Portland just as i wrote the
> earlier post, but that was it.  The media has not been covering the
> fire much today.
> On Jul 30, 2006, at 9:07 PM, sue.kettles at comcast.net wrote:
>> interesting news, since I spoke with the McKenzie ranger station
>> this morning and they told me the PCT is closed from McKenzie Pass
>> south to Obsidian Falls trailhead.  Maybe with the weather change
>> today it opened back up?
>> Sue kettles
>> -------------- Original message --------------
>> From: Wayne Kraft <wayneskraft at comcast.net>
>>> There are currently two fires of interest to PCT hikers in Oregon:
>>> Elk Lake
>>> A small (80 acre) fire is burning just west of Elk Lake (lat 43.9767
>>> lon -121.8258). It looks to me like this fire is less that 1/2 mile
>>> east of the PCT and just about on top of the spur trails one would
>>> use to access Elk Lake Resort from the PCT. This appears to be a mop
>>> up operation and I don't think it will be a problem in the future,
>>> but might prevent easy access to Elk Lake right at the moment.
>>> Black Crater
>>> This is a 5600 acre fire east of the Three Sisters (where the PCT
>>> runs on the west side of the Three Sisters) and moving eastward. It
>>> is a serious threat to structures in the T ollgate community west of
>>> the town of Sisters, but should have no effect on PCT hikers EXCEPT
>>> that Hwy 242, the east/west access to McKenzie Pass is closed. Until
>>> it is reopened, PCT hikers would be unable to access the town of
>>> Sisters via Hwy 242. It would be necessary to hike further north to
>>> Santiam Pass and hitch to Sisters from there. Santiam Pass is the
>>> same distance from Sisters by road as McKenzie Pass and is probably
>>> an easier hitch anyway (busier highway).
>>> For updates on this fire go to:
>>> http://www.nworegonimt.com/standby.htm
>>> Weather conditions in Oregon today are favorable to fire fighting
>>> with cool, moist air streaming in from the Pacific. We just had a
>>> brief rain shower here in Portland as I write this, but Portland may
>>> be on the southern edge of the rain. Unfortunately, the firefighters
>>> on these to fires may not get any actual rain.
>>> Wayne Kraft
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