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Snags and branches continue to fall intermittently within areas of
the fire. Shown above is a large fir that obstructed the 29 Road
Wednesday, 7 August, 2013.  The rest of this tree was burning and
landed across the creek where it will burn until consumed. Even a snag
with a small circumference can cause injury or death.

Farther up the road, the Prineville Hotshots were snagging (removing snags)
around the Tallest Sugar Pine. A shot member advised that they had burned
out around the Sugar Pine on Tuesday to minimize any future risk to the ancient tree.

Pictured below, Sam Swetland (Air Operations) documented the tree, still towering at 265 feet.
The Tallest Sugar Pine is a favorite Umpqua National Forest inhabitant.

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aerial photos: Sam Swetland

Another reason for road closures is the smoke inversion. Not only do inversions create
a surreal, dreamy, and odiferous landscape, they are a safety hazard. Reduced speeds
and sometimes both headlights and emergency flashers may be needed to insure
your vehicle is visible to others. Currently the inversions are holding until 2 or 3 pm
in the canyons.

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Inversion beginning to lift.
photo: ALXSw

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One thought on “Why The Road is Closed

  1. Really happy you could save the Tallest Sugar Pine, the poor thing has been thru the rigors before this fire and we do have such an emotional attachment to it. Thx!

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