Charles Kocher, Pilot staff writer

PORT ORFORD andndash; Several slides caused by recent rains have closed the Elk River Road east of Port Orford, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

A road slide at Milepost Six (above the Elk River Fish Hatchery) has made the Elk River Road impassable. Repairs are planned after the next round of rain. See the latest forecasts at


road slides are not uncommon along coastal routes this time of year,

there has been an increase in the number of slides along the Elk River

Road," says a Forest Service press release issued Wednesday. "Forest

visitors are advised to be cautious when traveling on forest roads, and

to be prepared in the event a road becomes impassable by packing extra



predicted forecasts for additional precipitation to occur in the next

several days, the Agness Construction Co. is scheduled to remove the

debris on the Elk River Road starting early next week. It is anticipated

the road may be passable by mid-week.

For current status on local forest roads, contact the Powers Ranger Station at 541-439-6200 or the nearest Forest Service office.