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[pct-l] New fire in Mt Jeferson Wilderness OREGON

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August 15, 2002 5:00 pm
Fire Info Pager (541) 710-7924 A permanent fire info is being established
Mount Marion Fire Burning in Mt Jefferson Wilderness

A wildfire that started on August 14 is burning in the Mount Jefferson Wild=
erness near Marion Lake, a popular recreation area on the Willamette Nation=
al Forest.  The fire grew rapidly to 50 acres yesterday afternoon, with hot=
 weather and winds to 15 mph causing torching, short crowning runs and spot=
ting up to 1/4 mile.

The dense fuels, stands of bug-killed trees, heavy slash, erratic winds, ye=
llow jacket nests and limited safety zones are ongoing safety concerns for =
the firefighters.

The Willamette National Forest has issued an emergency closure to ensure pu=
blic safety during suppression activities. The following recreation areas a=
re included in the closure order:


-Marion Lake -Blue Lake Trail -Lava Trail
-Eight Lakes Basin -Minto Pass Trail -Bowerman Trail
-Duffy Lake Trail -Pine Ridge Trail -Turpentine Trail
-Marion Lake Trail
-Forest Road #2261 at the jct. with Hwy 22
-National Forest land west of Pacific Crest Trail #2000, east of Forest Roa=
d #2257, south of Markon Lake Trail, Minto Pass Trail and north of the Duff=
y Lake Trail. For more information, contact the Detroit Ranger District at =
(503) 854-3366 or the Willamette National Forest at (541) 465-6521.