Phillips Creek road temporarily closed

TOLLGATE, OR – Forest Service officials on the Walla Walla Ranger District have temporarily closed a portion of Phillips Creek Road (Forest Service Road 3738), until further notice due to road washouts. Saturated road conditions have caused fill to give-way in multiple locations, resulting in unsafe conditions for public traffic. Forest Service crews will repair the damage as quickly as possible. 

Phillips Creek Road will be closed from the junction of Forest Service Road 3148 to Forest Service Road 31 (Summit Road). Closure signs will be posted at both junctions. Only local traffic accessing private land from Phillips Creek Road will be allowed while repair work is underway. Access to Ruckle Junction and Summit Road is available through an alternate route by taking Forest Service Road 32 (Dry Creek Road). 

The public is reminded that several roads and trails are closed in areas with the most significant flood damage. Detailed closure maps and updates on flood repair activities are available on the Forest website and at any Forest office. Closure signs will also be posted on the ground. 

Umatilla National Forest officials urge forest visitors to plan ahead and contact their local ranger district prior to starting their trip. Most forest roads are still not accessible due to mud, snow or snow drifts. In addition, traveling on thawing, saturated, and muddy roads can result in resource damage and serious safety concerns, especially if visitors are unprepared. Forest conditions are dynamic this time of year and likely to change throughout the day and week. The public is encouraged to monitor the Umatilla National Forest Facebook page and website for updates on flood repair activities. 

Additionally, the public is reminded that all campgrounds, trailhead facilities, picnic areas, rental cabins, Sno-Parks, and boat ramps are temporarily closed to limit the spread of COVID-19. Forest roads, trails, and general forest lands remain open to the public, but all visitors are strongly urged to practice social distancing. 

Additional information about the Umatilla National Forest is available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla