Update 11:20 a.m.- ODF has canceled the burn due to adverse weather in the area. The Fort-to-Sea Trail and park are both open as usual this week. ODF may reattempt the burn later this year.
The segment of the Fort-to-Sea Trail between Camp Rilea bridge and Pacific Bellevue Lane will be closed to visitor access Wednesday, Nov. 6, through Wednesday, Nov. 13, to facilitate a controlled burn in Sunset Beach Recreation Site.
Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is partnering with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to set the controlled burn this week; the precise day will be based on weather conditions. As of now, ODF is targeting Wednesday, Nov. 6, for the one-day burn.
Celeste Lebo, OPRD natural resource specialist, said the controlled burn will target non-native grassland habitat.
“The fire leaves behind bare soil, which is [the] perfect condition for seeding native pollinator plant species,” Lebo said in a press release. “This treatment will allow us to gradually restore the native coastal prairie habitat.”
Local residents and park visitors may see smoke from the fires this week, however, all fires will be closely monitored by ODF. The extended trail closure is to ensure visitor safety while ODF ensures no “hot spots” of fire activity flare up after the controlled burn is extinguished.