Whitewater Fire near Mt. Jefferson grows to over 5,000 acres

(KMTR image from newscast)

DETROIT, Ore. -- It was another day of active fire burning at the Whitewater Fire near Mt. Jefferson.

The fire grew to over 5,421 acres as of 9 p.m. Saturday.

A formal area closure has taken effect, encompassing previously closed trails and roads on the Willamette National Forest, as well as the portion of the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness on the Deschutes National Forest.

The area closure is located east of the town of Detroit, and includes a large portion of the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, down to the Marion Lake Trail. The closure also affects areas of the Willamette National Forest lands and private lands. Individuals who have private lands within the closure, or leased lands, will be allowed to enter as long as it is safe to do so.

Although officials say they're finally getting relief from the fire, beginning Saturday, portions of Detroit Lake are closed for planes to scoop water from the lake to help put out the flames.

There will also be a public meeting Sunday at 3 p.m. at Detroit City Hall regarding the fire.

Right now, officials say there is no danger to the public as long as you stay away from the fire area.

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