Public access restricted by fires near Mount Jefferson

Public access restricted by fires near Mount Jefferson

DETROIT, Ore. - Fires burning near the Mount Jefferson Wilderness have forced land managers to restrict public access to the area.

The Bingham Complex includes several fires ignited by lightning on Sunday on the Willamette National Forest.

The two largest are the Bingham Ridge and Lizard Ridge fires.

All told, the complex has burned about 350 acres in high elevation portions of the forest. The fire and firefighting activity prompted the USDA Forest Service to close parts of the wilderness to public access.

Further east on the Deschutes National Forest, firefighters are battling what's being called the Bridge 99 Complex.

The two main fires - the Bridge 99 and the Bear Butte 2 fires - have burned over 1,000 acres combined near the towns of Sisters and Camp Sherman.

No evacuations have been ordered, but land managers have closed several roads:

Forest Road 12, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1270/1298 to Bridge 99

Forest Road 14, from Bridge 99 to its intersection with Forest Road 1400700 (Allen Springs Campground)

Forest Road 1140, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1150/1180 to the intersection with Forest Road 1152

Forest Road 1154, from its intersection with Forest Road 1150 to the intersection with Forest Road 1140.

The Lower Bridge, Pioneer Ford, and Allen Springs Campgrounds are closed.


Mount Jefferson Wilderness closures

The Willamette National Forest issued a closure order to protect public safety.

The order applies to the area contained within the boundaries as described within the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, Linn County:



    Beginning at the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness boundary intersecting with Pamelia Lake Trail #3439, head north to Milk Creek;

    Follow Milk Creek east to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000;

    Follow the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 south to the Swallow Lake Trail #3488;

    Follow the Swallow Lake Trail #3488 west to the Lake of the Woods Trail #3493;

    Follow Lake of the Woods Trail #3493 north to Whiskey Creek;

    Follow Whiskey Creek west to Puzzle Creek;

    Follow Puzzle Creek west to the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness Boundary;

    Follow the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness boundary north to the point of beginning.

The following trails are closed:

    Bingham Tr. #3421

    Pamelia Tr. #3439

    Hunts Cove Tr. #3430

    Hunts Creek Tr. #3440

    Grizzly Peak. Tr. #3428

    Minto Mountain Tr. #3448

    Newport Drive Tr. #3438

    Lake of the Woods Tr. #3493 north of the Swallow Lake Tr. #3488 junction

Trails still open within closure area include:

    Pacific Crest Trail #2000

    Swallow Lake Tr. #3488 west of the junction of Lake of the Woods Tr. #3493

    Lake of the Woods Tr. #3488 south of the junction with Swallow Lake Tr. #3488.