Contact: Jean Nelson-Dean, Public Affairs Officer, Deschutes National Forest, 458-231-1242
Date: September 5, 2020
Sisters, Ore.- Beginning this afternoon the Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest will close a portion of the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness due to the continuing threat of the Lionshead Fire.
The area being closed includes all Deschutes National Forest lands within the border of the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness from north of Jack Lake to the border with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation. This includes all areas accessed by the Jefferson Lake, Brush Creek, and Bear Valley trailheads. The Jack Lake Trailhead, campground and area remains open.
Visitors should abide by this closure to avoid potential injury and create unnecessary risk to others. The closure will remain in place until the wildfire is no longer a threat to these areas.
Individuals concerned about the large smoke column in the Sisters and Camp Sherman area should be assured that the Green Ridge Fire remains 100% contained and all smoke is from the Lionshead Fire.
For information on the Lionshead Fire, please go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7049/ .
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