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Public Lands Southeast of Ashland Closed Due to Klamathon Fire

Government officials are ordering a temporary closure of Bureau of Land Management lands near Ashland.

Posted: Jul 7, 2018 1:39 PM
Updated: Jul 7, 2018 1:50 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — Public lands southeast of Ashland will be temporarily closed for reasons of public safety due to the Klamathon Fire, according to a statement from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). The decision comes from both ODF and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Medford District.

The closure will impact all of the following areas:

 - Emigrant Creek Road
 - Baldy Creek Road
 - Soda Mountain Road
 - Pilot Rock Road
 - Lone Pilot Trail
 - Pacific Crest Trail from Hwy 66 west to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument boundary
 - All BLM lands and roads in Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument within the closure area [map below]

"The closure is effective immediately and will be in place until the area is deemed safe for public access," said ODF.

According to ODF, their Southwest Oregon branch is helping to build a control line with CAL FIRE's teams to stop the northward spread of the fire, deeper into Oregon. They expect wind conditions to work in their favor for the next two days—but are taking precautions nonetheless.

"We would like to keep our firefighter, public, and land safety a priority by reducing the risk of excess traffic in this region. We will continue to work on the flanks of this fire swiftly and efficiently," said ODF.

Signs will be posted at the main entry points for all closed areas. The BLM lands are popular for hiking, which could attract visitors even at this perilous time in the area.

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