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Lots of people love to have the adventure of cutting down their own Christmas tree in the forest; but there could be hidden dangers.

 

Jean Nelson Dean with the Deschutes national forest says to look at the weather forecast closely and prepare for anything.  The thing is that when people go out, they need to be prepared for potentially getting stuck. And they need to thinking: if it is getting bad, turn around right then, don't get stuck. Don't ask people to come out and find you. And if you do get stuck, please have warm clothing, food and water, a way to communicate."

 

Nelson Dean says remember that not only will it worry your family; the Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team,  which could number several dozen, would have to come out and fund out.

 

Also, they do not plow the forest service roads during the winter unless they have a project they are working on - so stay on the well traveled roads.

Traffic

 

 

  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • I-84,Troutdale MP 17 - 62, in the Coumbia Gorge remains closed. The highway is closed EB at Exit 17 in Troutdale. Trucks use US-26 to OR-35 as an alternate route.

 

  • Construction at 27th Street . Northbound Lane Closed from Ferguson to Bear Creek.  Detour in place.

 

  • 27th and Bear Creek Rd intersection varying traffic control changes

 

  • O.B. Riley Road South-bound lane closed south of Mervin Samples Rd (12/17)