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US Forest Service Lifts All Emergency Closures Related to Smith River Complex North

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The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has terminated all emergency area and road closures associated with northern end of the Smith River Complex.

Effective Wednesday, Acting Forest Supervisor Jake Winn lifted the closures that had been put in place when the wildfire complex was still active and threatening the southern Illinois Valley.

The closure included a portion of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest on the Wild Rivers Ranger District that lies north of the Oregon/California State boundary and is bounded by the Illinois River on the east, the California border on the south, the North Fork of the Smith River on the west and Buckskin Peak on the North. The area closure also included a portion of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest that lies south of the Oregon/California state boundary.

Forest officials said the wildfire threat is now over and there are no more evacuation orders or notices in effect for the communities of O'Brien and Takilma. At one time, both were under Level 3 "Go Now" and Level 2 "Be Ready" notices.

The latest report from the Six Rivers National Forest in northern California showed the Smith River Complex was holding at 94,620 acres with 95% containment.

There is still a total of more than 600 personnel assigned to the wildfire complex working on suppression repairs, backhauling unneeded equipment and ensuring the safety of motorists on US Highway 199.
Posted on 10/12/23 6:01AM by Sam Marsh