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Hat Point Road and Battle Creek Fire Area Reopened

Recent rain and cooler temperatures quieted Battle Creek fire activity. Although the fire is not yet out, the Incident Command Post at Memaloose is no longer needed, and will be demobilized over the next few days. Once fire traffic on the Hat Point Road diminishes, the road will be reopened for public use, beginning Thursday morning. At the same time, the area closure for the Battle Creek Fire will also be lifted, opening the area to archery hunters preparing for Saturday’s opening day.
While archery hunters will enjoy access to the area, some hunters may be disappointed that the Hat Point Road will not be opened in time to access the Lord Flat Road before its normally scheduled closure to motorized vehicles.
"We have received requests to delay closure of the Lord Flat Road, but the gate at Warnock Corral will be closed as scheduled three days before the start of archery season," Mary DeAguero, Area Ranger for Hells Canyon National Recreation Area stated. "Fire activity has been changing rapidly, but we simply can’t ensure safe public use of the Hat Point Road prior to the scheduled Lord Flat Road closure."
The Lord Flat Road is accessible by vehicle only via the Hat Point Road.
The Lord Flat Road is a narrow rough jeep trail that is seasonally open to motorized vehicles. According to the 2003 Hells Canyon Comprehensive Management Plan, the Lord Flat Road is closed to motorized vehicle use each year three days prior to the start of archery hunting season. The purpose of the closure is to minimize impacts to wildlife, particularly species such as Rocky Mountain elk.
The Battle Creek Fire is currently 79,299 acres in size, and continues to burn within the fire perimeter. The fire started from lightning ignitions on July 13. Containment of the fire is estimated for August 25.
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