Central Oregon, September 05, 2022 — Beginning today, the Deschutes National Forest will implement a temporary area closure as a result of the Cedar Creek Fire, currently burning approximately 25 miles west of La Pine.
Fire activity has increased with continued hot and dry conditions and most of the Cedar Creek Fire growth is now north of Waldo Lake, which had been a natural barrier to prevent the fire from moving east. For the safety of the public, the Crescent and Bend-Fort Rock Ranger Districts on the Deschutes National Forest will temporarily close all Forest Service managed roads, trailheads and trails from the Forest boundary along the Cascade crest on the west, to roughly the Three Sisters Wilderness boundary on the east, down to Forest Road 4290 road system south to the Forest Road 4650 road system, and terminating at the Deschutes County Line. This closure will be in place until rescinded.
Trailhead closures within the closure area include:
- Irish and Taylor Lakes Trailhead
- Many Lakes Trailhead
- Charlton Lake Trailhead
- Moore Creek Trailhead
Trail closures within the closure area are as follows: Charlton (and associated trails), Clover Meadow, Corral Swamp, Elk Creek, Found Lake, Harralson, Irish and Taylor, Johnny Lake, Lemish Lake, Lily Lake, Maiden Peak (and associated trails), Many Lakes, Metolius-Windigo, Mink Lake, Moore Creek, Senoj Lake, Six Lakes, Snowshoe Lake, Teddy Lake, The Twins, Twins Peak, Upper Moore Creek, Winopee Lake.
This closure also specifically closes the Pacific Crest Trail from Highway 58 to the junction with the Six Lakes Trail near Elk Lake. Long distance hikers can rejoin the PCT at Elk Lake via the Island Meadow Trail or the Horse Lake Trail. Visit the pcta.org for current information about closures.
The Cedar Creek Fire was caused by a lightning strike reported on August 1, 2022, and is burning on the Willamette National Forest. The fire is now 17,625 acres and is 12% contained. The fire is currently being managed by Northwest Incident Management Team 6, a Type 2 Incident Management team under the command of Shawn Sheldon. For information on the Cedar Creek Fire, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8307/