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SISTERS, OR -- Old McKenzie Highway, also known as Oregon 242, will remain closed to cars and bicycles until all hazardous trees can be removed and repairs can be made. The road closed in August, in response to the Milli and Separation fires, which destroyed large sections of forestland along the scenic route. 

 

The Forest Service is working to identify and remove dead and dying trees that could pose a hazard to the road in the next three to five years. Some of those trees will be made available to the public for firewood.
 
Depending on the weather, officials say the route may be open in time for over-snow travel this winter. 
 
Peter Murphy, with the Oregon Department of Transportation, talks about the damage in the Your Town Podcast. Click HERE to listen to the full interview. 
 
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