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Conditions won't favor hunters.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Dry, dusty conditions and fire-related forest closures will hamper hunters when the 2003 centerfire rifle buck deer season opens Saturday in much of Oregon.

In the central Cascades, the after-effects of forest fires will limit opportunities on public lands, while the fear of fire will keep many private timberlands closed to public access.

Willamette National Forest officials said Wednesday that the following areas involved in the B&B Complex fire remain closed due to public safety hazards:

The Mount Jefferson Wilderness south of Lizard Ridge on the Detroit Ranger District.

An area north of Highway 20 from approximately Santiam Junction to the Deschutes National Forest boundary.

The area east of the Big Lake road (Forest Road 2690) to its junction with spur road No. 814 on the McKenzie River Ranger District.

Some areas associated with the earlier Clark fire also remain off-limits. But the Big Lake area, the Sand Mountain area, Nash Crater, Potato Hill, Hoodoo and Hayrick Butte areas were declared open to public access last week.

Forest users should check the Willamette National Forest Web site (www.fs.fed.us/r6/willamette/) or call a local Forest Service office before traveling near either the Clark fire or the B&B Complex.
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Title Annotation:Recreation
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Oct 2, 2003
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