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Lane County Parks may pay estimated $200K after Mt. Pisgah fire

Devon Ashbridge said the estimated cost is $200,000.

Posted: Aug 20, 2019 6:59 PM
Updated: Aug 20, 2019 7:10 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Lane County Parks could end up footing the bill for the Mt. Pisgah fire, but a county spokeswoman says the final cost is still unknown.

Devon Ashbridge said the estimated cost is $200,000. She said that only includes the cost of the firefighting efforts and does not factor in any rehabilitation efforts that may need to take place.

While the money could come out of the Lane County Parks budget, Ashbridge said county commissioners could weigh in to see if the money could come from somewhere else.

The Oregon Department of Forestry ruled the fire accidental. They said it started Aug. 15 when a county contractor was mowing to reduce invasive plant species present in the park. Mowing was allowed that day under the guidelines of the Industrial Fire Precaution Levels.

The flames burned more than 50 acres on the southeast side of Mt. Pisgah. 

Most of the trails reopened on Tuesday, and visitors were happy to be back at the park. 

"I was pretty heartbroken at first and was afraid the whole thing was going to go up," said hiker Christin Osgood. "We ended up watching it from the other side, and it looks like there was a lot of support."

The following trails on the southeast side remain closed:

  • Eastern Trailhead, including the parking area
  • Trail 46 between trails 6 and 2
  • Trail 6 between the Eastern Trailhead and its junction with Trail 56

Ashbridge said they don't have an expected reopening date for those trails at this time, but they are encouraging visitors to enjoy the more than 20 miles of other trails that are open.

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