Contact: Jean Nelson-Dean, Public Affairs Officer, Deschutes National Forest, 458-231-1242
Date: September 21, 2020
Favorable weather and firefighting efforts lead to increased access to Metolius Basin
Sisters, Ore.- Favorable weather conditions and significant firefighting efforts on the Lionshead Fire prompted the Sisters Ranger District to decrease the Lionshead Fire Closure Area. Beginning today, the following areas are now open for public access (see attached map):
- FS Road 11 from Highway 20 north to Perry South
- FS Road 14 road system, including Allingham Bridge
- Upper Black Butte Trail (#4026)
- FS Road 1499 from Lower Bridge Campground to Monty Campground (non-motorized access only)
Day Use Areas:
- Perry South Boat Ramp
- Metolius River day use areas
Monty and Perry South Campgrounds have closed for the season. Deschutes National Forest’s campground concessionaire Deschutes Recreation is working on restoring services to Allen Springs, Lower Bridge and Pine Rest Campgrounds. As of Monday, September 21, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office lifted all evacuation orders for Camp Sherman and the Metolius Basin.
The following roads remain closed due to fire suppression operations: FS Road 12 and areas to the west, including trailheads leading into the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, and FS Road 1216. FS Road 1130, FS Road 1140, FS Road 1150 and the Green Ridge Trail remain closed due to unmitigated hazards from the Green Ridge Fire.
Sisters Ranger District staff ask that people traveling in the Metolius Basin drive with caution as firefighting resources continue to use roads in the area.
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