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Mt. Hood Complex Fire Wednesday Night Update

Popular sites on the south end of the Forest, such as Trillium Lake, Clear Lake and Timothy Lake, are not affected by the fire and are all open.

View from the inside of a Mt. Hood fire tower
View from inside a fire tower on near Mt. Hood, Oregon. Wintertime.
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(TIMBERLINE) - The Northwest Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team says the Mt. Hood Complex fires are estimated at 400 acres, 300 acres on the Bluegrass and 100 acres on the Gumjuac.

There are 9 additional spot fires, 8 of them in Badger Creek Wilderness and one in Mt. Hood Wilderness.

There are over 200 staff on the fire including 2 Type I crews and 8 Type II crews.

Crews are working on both fires and trying to catch spot fires where they are accessible. Their goal is to establish a control line around the fire.

A Type I helicopter will be dropping water, wind permitting. Yesterday helicopter operations were ceased due to wind conditions.

A fixed wing aircraft and retardant has been ordered.

The following closures are in place until further notice:

Road closures:

Highway 35 between White River Snow Park and Parkdale Forest Highway 17 from junction with 660 spur (vicinity of Gibson Prairie) south to Forest Road 1720 Forest Road 2730 at junction with Forest Highway 27 to Forest Highway 44 Forest Highway 44 from junction with Forest Road 4430 west to State Highway 35 Forest Highway 48 from junction with Forest Road 4860 west to State Highway 35, except travel will be permitted on Forest Highway 48 to Forest Highway 43 and then west to US 26. Cloud Cap Road at Cooper Spur Ski Area to Cloud Cap and Tilly Jane Forest Highway 27 from Forest Road 2730 to Forest Road 2710 near Bonney Crossing Campground Forest Road 3550

Recreation closures:

Badger lake Campground Bonney Meadow Campground Boulder Lake Campground Camp Windy Campground Cloud Cap Saddle Campground Fifteenmile Campground Gibson Prairie Campground Little Badger Campground Nottingham Campground Pebbleford Campground Sherwood Campground Tilly Jane Campground Routson County Campground Timberline Trail #600 from McNeil Point to Timberline Lodge All trails between the Timberline Trail #600 and Highway 35 Badger Creek Wilderness Timberline Lodge and other Government Camp businesses are not affected by the fires and remain open for business.

Access from Highway 26 is open.

Access from Hood River to Government Camp via Highway 35 is closed and an alternate route must be used.

The Pacific Crest Trail #2000 also remains open.

Popular sites on the south end of the Forest, such as Trillium Lake, Clear Lake and Timothy Lake, are not affected by the fire and are all open.


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