Thursday, August 6, 2015

Wildfire Impacts Popular NW CA Coastal Mountain Adventure Routes

Dan East Trail - Closed
"It may not look like this after the fire"

The wildfires raging in California and the West are having a dramatic impact on natural resources, small businesses, private in-holders, fire crews, and recreationists.  In addition, these fires are occurring right in the middle of the adventure-bike and dual-sport riding season.

Many of these fires have resulted in the closure of very popular inland transportation corridors used by adventure riders to explore the backcountry in the Six Rivers National Forest.  

Forest Highway One

For example, the Route Complex Fire is burning through one of the only motorcycle-only OHV trail systems in the coastal mountain range in NW California.  The fire has resulted in the closure of Forest Highway One (Route 1) and many of the associated “Pilot Creek OHV” motorcycle, ATV, and 4WD roads/trails.

Route Complex Fire Footprint - 8.5.15

QWR urges the adventure/DS community to be sure and check for fire closures before starting off on any ride that includes traveling up the center of the Six Rivers NF between Mendocino County and the Oregon border.

Six Rivers NF Fire and Closure Update

While the impacts of the Route Complex and other fires have yet to be fully assessed, QWR believes that riders and/or clubs should ready themselves to help the agency with post-fire volunteer trail rehabilitation efforts.

Post Mill Fire Volunteer Work Party

QWR knows from experience that keeping post-fire trails open and maintained is a long-term project that will require dedication and a multi-year commitment by agency leadership, recreation staff, and a volunteer workforce.

Once the fires are out in your favorite area, be sure and contact the appropriate land agency and ask what you or your club can do to help with post-fire volunteer efforts.

Examples of Post Fire Volunteer/Partnership Efforts

2012 Mill Fire – Post Fire Trail Rehab – Trail Tools

2012 Mill Fire – Post Fire Trail Maint. – Hazard Trees

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