Controlled burn to affect Grande Ronde River use

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Rafters and anglers along the Grande Ronde River will be limited to camping opportunities on the east side of the river due to a controlled burn Thursday and Friday.

The Lower Sheep Prescribed Fire Project in the Umatilla National Forest will treat 1,500 acres along the west side corridor of the Grande Ronde River in northeast Oregon. The project will stretch about seven miles from Meadow Creek downriver to the confluence of Alder Creek.

A camping closure is in effect on the west side of the Grande Ronde from river mile 70 to river mile 77, at the Union and Wallowa County line. The river itself will remain open.

Visitors should expect to see activity in the area from fire trucks, crews and a helicopter supporting the burn.

Information is available at 522-6284. A map and description of the closure area is available online at www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla/.

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