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Lionshead Fire grows to nearly 16,000 acres — trails, campgrounds closed

The Lionshead Fire on the Warm Springs Reservation has grown to nearly 16,000 acres with extreme conditions fueling the blaze. The Forest Service is closing campgrounds and trails in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness as the fire continues to spread. The fire is 10 to 12 miles from Camp Sherman and still on the Warm Springs Reservation. However, extremely hot temperatures and windy conditions make it prudent to allow campers ample time to break camp and leave the area.

The following campgrounds are now closed: Candle Creek, Lower Bridge, Pioneer Ford, Allen Springs, Canyon Creek, Lower Canyon Creek, Gorge, Pine Rest, Smiling River, Jack Creek, Jack Lake, Abbot Creek and Sheep Springs Horse Camp.

The following developed recreation sites are now closed: Jefferson Lake Trailhead, Cabot Lake Trailhead, Brush Creek Trailhead, Bear Valley Trailhead, Rock Pile Lake Trailhead, Jack Lake Trailhead, Head of Jack Creek Trailhead and Lower Bridge Picnic Area.

In addition to ALL trails within the closure area, the following trails are also closed: Old Summit trail 4014 north of Booth Lake (T 13S, R 8 E, Section 7), Shut In trail 4019 and the Pacific Crest Trail for the entire length within the Mount Jefferson Wilderness on the Deschutes National Forest.

A Level 1(Be Ready) Evacuation Order is in effect for the Camp Sherman area south of Allingham Bridge, Monty Campground and Perry South Campground. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

The area will be under a Red Flag Warning with high winds expected through Monday and Tuesday.


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