Bear Creek Greenway reopens between Talent and Medford after Almeda Fire

The Greenway will reopen between Medford and Suncrest Road in Talent, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office announced on Tuesday.

Posted: Sep 29, 2020 4:17 PM

TALENT, Ore. — Much of the Bear Creek Greenway will reopen between Medford and Talent after the Almeda Fire burned through, prompting a closure earlier this month due to the hazards left behind.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office announced on Tuesday that the Greenway will be open for public use north of Suncrest Road in Talent.

"If you are heading out to enjoy the Greenway please stay out of the burned area and remain on the path, as hidden hazards may be present," the Sheriff's Office said.

Work will be continuing along the Greenway, and more sections are set to be reopened later as they are deemed safe. The Sheriff's Office said that bridges between Ashland and Talent and a significant number of hazard trees still have to be dealt with.

"Trees are being selectively removed, per the judgement of a certified arborist and only those trees that present an immediate hazard to trail users, or nearby structures are being felled," the Sheriff's Office said. "All other trees that do not present a safety concern are being left for wildlife habitat."

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