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Obsidian Trail, trails off McKenzie Pass Highway join long list of fire-related closures

Hiking trails south of historic McKenzie Pass Highway 242 have been closed to the public as firefighters work to contain multiple forest fires in the area. Proxy Falls trail remains open. The Obsidian Trailhead and Obsidian Limited Entry Area are closed. (USDA Forest Service)

MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Ore. - Hiking trails south of historic McKenzie Pass Highway 242 have been closed to the public as firefighters work to contain multiple forest fires in the area.

Proxy Falls trail remains open.

The Obsidian Trailhead and Obsidian Limited Entry Area are closed.

The closures are the latest public access restrictions put in place in response to forest fires.

They come at a time when as many as 1 million visitors are headed to Oregon for the August 21 total solar eclipse.

"With the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, forest closures within popular viewing areas are impacting travel plans for tens of thousands of people," the Forest Service said in a statement. "We are sharing closure information for the Three Sisters Wilderness so that as many eclipse tourists are able to plan out new viewing areas."

Other Closures

Terwilliger Hot Springs, sometimes called Cougar Hot Springs, is closed while firefighters tangle with the Rebel Fire.

So is a lengthy stretch of the Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Road 19) that runs between Highway 126 and Highway 58.

Trails in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness and Jefferson Park closed in response to the Whitewater Fire there.

The Jones Fire outside of Lowell has closed Fall Creek road, a popular spot for Eugene and Springfield residents to go camping and recreating not too far from town.

The Umpqua North Complex of fires has restricted public access to a segment of the North Umpqua River itself, as well as the North Umpqua Trail.

And segments of the Pacific Crest Trail near Crater Lake and Mount Jefferson are closed.

Bottom line: If your plans this fall include hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, hunting or other activities on Oregon's national forests, check with local land managers for the latest closure information.

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