More forest roads reopen

Gates in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest that are closed during wet weather to prevent the spread of Port-Orford-cedar root disease, are being reopened, forest officials announced in a news release.

The recent warm, dry weather enabled the Gold Beach and Powers ranger districts to start opening gates June 6, forester Stephen Boyer said in the release.

In the Gold Beach district, only one gate, which was vandalized over the winter, remains closed on Road 3318-310. Gates will begin to be opened on the Wild Rivers Ranger District as melting snow and drying conditions permit.

The tree-killing disease is caused by a water-borne pathogen, so roads are closed in the wet, winter months, so it can't be carried to new areas on muddy tires, officials said.

As the gates reopen, officials remind forest travelers that high-elevation roads are still blocked by snow or winter damage such as fallen trees or rocks. Drivers should be cautious and carry equipment and supplies necessary for backcountry travel.

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