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Forest fire closes trails in Mount Jefferson Wilderness

The fire grew Monday amidst breezy winds and low humidity. (USDA Forest Service)

DETROIT, Ore. - A fire in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness has forced the closure of several hiking trails.

The fire does not threaten any homes or roads, the Willamette National Forest said.

“We are closing several trails while we put out this fire,” said Detroit District Ranger Grady McMahan. “We have staff in Jefferson Park directing hikers to use certain trails."

Helicopters are now dropping buckets at the blaze, estimated at 65 acres as of 4 p.m. Monday.

The fire was first spotted Sunday evening by a commercial plane flying over the wilderness area.

Minutes later, the fire lookout on Coffin Mountain spotted the smoke coming from Whitewater Creek in the wilderness area.

The fire grew Monday amidst breezy winds and low humidity, the USDA Forest Service said.

The closed trails are:

  • Whitewater Trail #3429 is closed from its origin at Whitewater Trailhead to the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail #2000.
  • Cheat Creek Trail #3441 is closed from its origin at Cheat Creek Trailhead to the junction with the Triangulation Trail #3373.
  • Triangulation Trail #3373 is closed from its junction with trail #3374 (near Triangulation Peak) to the terminus at Whitewater Trail #3429.
  • Crag Trail #3364 from its origin at Breitenbush Trailhead to the terminus at the Traingulation Trail #3373.

"Hikers wanting to access Jefferson Park may use the South Breitenbush trail (3375) or the Woodpecker trail (3442)," Grady said. "The Pacific Crest Trail (Trail 2000) remains open.”

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