CHEMULT, Ore. – The emergency closure order on the Chemult Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest in support of the Thielsen Fire Incident Management Team in Chemult is ending Monday, October 5.

Forest Road 9772 between U.S. Highway 97 and Forest Road 9772-110, including Walt Haring SnoPark, will reopen for public use.  This includes the primary route to Miller Lake and Digit Point recreation sites.

The Forest is still under Public Use Restrictions and in the extreme fire danger category.  Those recreating in the forest are asked to comply with current fire restrictions, which includes limiting campfires to fire-rings in approved sites.

The public is urged to use caution with anything that can throw a spark and to strongly consider whether a campfire is necessary, including in the approved sites.  If there is a campfire, please don’t leave it unattended and make sure it is drowned, dead-out and cold to the touch before leaving.

Closure orders remain in effect for the Two Four Two Fire on the Chilquin Ranger District and the Brattain Fire on the Paisley Ranger District.

Violations of any of these closure orders – including the Public Use Restrictions – are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment of not more than 6 months or both.

All closure orders can be found on the Fremont-Winema National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/fremont-winema under “Alerts and Notices”.

For more information on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/fremont-winema, follow the Forest on Twitter @FremontWinemaNF or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/R6FWNF.

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