Illinois River Road to Remain Closed
The Illinois River Road is expected to remain closed for an extended period due to concerns for firefighter and public safety in the area of the Labrador Fire.
Although the fire is currently exhibiting minimal activity due to sparse vegetation and moderate fire weather, the Labrador Fire has no containment lines around it. The potential to grow rapidly remains, given the right weather conditions such as sustained strong winds.
The forest service fire assessment team indicated the Labrador could demonstrate significant, periodic growth until a season ending rain event occurs. The Illinois River Road is essential to provide a rapid, safe access route for firefighters and residents living in the closure area.