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.

Article Comments

Medford
Clear
36° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 36°
Brookings
Overcast
42° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 42°
Crater Lake
Broken Clouds
29° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 23°
Grants Pass
Overcast
36° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 36°
Klamath Falls
Broken Clouds
29° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 23°
Clearing & Cold Tonight
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Latest Video

Image

Protect Your Windshield

Image

The Pledge: Lone Pine Elementary, Mrs. Brasseur, 2nd Grade

Image

Foggy Start, Cloudy Afternoon

Image

How to Properly Defrost your Winshield

Image

Southern Oregon Softball Looks for Encore Following Best Season in School History

Image

VIDEO FORECAST: Quiet Tuesday With Clouds

Image

ASHLAND HONORS DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Image

12 Buildings Set on Fire for Arson Investigation Training

Image

Daily J! - MLK Jr.

Image

Wildlife Safari Welcomes Baby Cheetah

Community Events