Our recreational economy is big business in our neck of the woods. The folks who come to Seeley and Ovando to fish, hunt, snowmobile or float positively impact all of us. The BCSA would add new, desirable snowmobile access in the Otatsy, which is a prized area due to its northeast facing steep slopes that retain stable snow much longer into the season. The Rice Ridge fire opened up new riding terrain in the area, and through funds with the recently passed Great American Outdoors Act, we can now do needed clearing of deadfall for safety and access.
As wildfires continue to rage across Oregon, outdoor recreation areas are beginning to temporarily shut down to the public.
Some land management agencies are instituting blanket closures to access and recreation, including the Mount Hood and Willamette national forests, while others are shutting down select parks that are either being evacuated or closed as a precaution.
Virtually all recreation areas in Oregon have also instituted fire restrictions to some extent, including complete bans on campfires and open flames in some areas.
Poor air quality caused by smoke from several wildfires may also make outdoor recreation unsafe. On Tuesday, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory for the Willamette Valley, Oregon coast, southern Oregon and southwest Washington. Check the current air quality levels here.
This post will be updated as the situation continues to unfold and more information comes in.
LAST UPDATED FRIDAY, SEPT. 11, AT 11:30