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Whitewater Fire around 5,500 acres, trails remain closed

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, the Whitewater Fire was measured at 5,515 acres. Inciweb photo

DETROIT, Ore. - The Whitewater Fire in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness remained about the same size overnight Monday into Tuesday. It’s burned an estimated 5,515 acres and is still 0 percent contained.

Fire officials credit light winds and little torching inside the fire perimeter to the fire’s size remaining the same.

Tuesday, crews will continue preparing roads and connecting fire lines by hand through areas that are too steep for trucks and engines to access. Firefighters are taking precautions to keep the fire in check in case it increases in size.

Forecasters predict there’s a chance of thunderstorms in the area. If there is a storm, it could bring some rain to the area, but crews are more concerned about the strong winds it could produce.

The fire caused the Willamette and Deschutes National Forests to close all trail access points into Jefferson Park inside the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

This includes a 28-mile stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Officials say access to Mt. Jefferson and Jefferson Park will be closed through the eclipse on Aug. 21 and beyond.

The Whitewater Fire is burning approximately 13 miles east of Detroit.

The following trailheads remain closed:

  • Willamette NFBingham Ridge, Minto Mountain, Pamelia Lake, Woodpecker Ridge, Whitewater Creek, Cheat Creek, Triangulation Peak, Leone Lake, South Breitenbush and Crown Lake.
  • Deschutes National ForestBear Valley/Rockpile Lake, Cabot Lake, Jefferson Lake and Brush Creek.

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