Gordon McCraw

Lt. Gordon McCraw

Okay, back in the office and back comes the weather.  Today will be the last sunny and mild day this week as the ridge of high pressure shifts off to the east ahead of a weakening front that will bring clouds and a slight chance of light rain and rainshowers Saturday and Sunday.  High temperatures today in the mid 60s with lows tonight in the mid 40s but a little cooler for the weekend.

We will have an upper level ridge of high pressure moving across on Monday so Columbus Day looks mostly sunny, then, the rains come with an active period expected for the rest of next week.  We have a front bringing in some rain and breezy conditions by Tuesday night through Wednesday then yet another moist front Thursday.  We will keep an eye on the Thursday system as it could absorb some of the moisture from Typhoon Hagibis that is threatening parts of Japan today.  It is way to early to have to much information on the system as much could change between now and then.   We should be getting a better picture the start of next week.  Highs next week 56-61, lows 45-50.

SUNSET BEACH DAY-USE PARKING, PORTION OF FORT-TO-SEA TRAIL CLOSED OCT. 14 - 21 TO FACILITATE CONTROLLED BURN IN PARK

 

WARRENTON, Ore. – The Sunset Beach State Recreation Site day-use parking lot and the portion of Fort-to-Sea Trail between the Camp Rilea bridge and the beach will be closed to visitor access Oct. 14 - 21 to facilitate a controlled burn in the park.

Beach access for pedestrians and vehicles via Sunset Beach Road will remain open during the closure.

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is partnering with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to set the controlled burn next week; the precise day will be based on weather conditions. As of this writing, ODF is targeting Oct. 14 or 15 for the one-day burn.

The controlled burn will target brush piles in the park north of Sunset Beach Road. Several brush piles were left over from a recent forest thinning project in the area and are prime fuel for wildfires.

Local residents and park visitors may see smoke from the fires next week, however all fires will be closely monitored by state officials.

Celeste Lebo, natural resource specialist with OPRD, says the extended day-use parking and trail closure is necessary for visitor safety.

“We’ll be monitoring the controlled burn areas and checking for hot spots for several days after the project concludes,” says Lebo. “We’re asking park visitors and hikers to be patient while we ensure the area is safe.”

Learn more about Sunset Beach State Recreation Site on oregonstateparks.org. More info about the Fort-to-Sea Trail, including maps, is on nps.gov/lewi/planyourvisit/forttosea.htm

 

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