OR-224 remains closed for fast, safe recovery


The 2020 Labor Day fires had a devastating effect on Oregon’s beautiful corridor along the OR-224 highway. Much of the vegetation in this area has been burned and trees have been severely damaged, creating a hazard for the travelling public. Our teams are on site to get this stretch of Oregon highway on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.


“The trees have been severely damaged to the point where they become hazards now for the traveling public,” noted Jose Villalpando, on scene incident commander on OR-224.


“That’s what we’re here for, to make sure we can remove the hazard trees to make the corridor safe again and have the public come back out and enjoy it.”


As winter storms and strong winds enter the area, the hazard trees and other debris have made the area dangerous for public roadway users. Keeping the highway closed allows our crews to be as efficient as possible so we can get this corridor reopened quickly and in a safe manner that protects travelers.



Wildfire waste and debris removal

The State of Oregon is working with federal, state and local partners to remove hazardous waste, and ash and debris from the 2020 Oregon wildfires safely, efficiently, and as quickly as possible. The Oregon Departments of Transportation, Environmental Quality and Emergency Management are leading the effort, with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assistance.