Lionshead Fire to temporarily close Mt. Jefferson Wilderness and adjacent national forest lands
Springfield, OR, Sept. 6, 2020 – Fire managers warn that the Lionshead Fire is exhibiting active behavior on the Warm Springs Reservation and Deschutes National Forest that could soon spread onto the Willamette National Forest. To uphold public safety as the highest priority, the Willamette National Forest is preparing an expanded closure order in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness west to Oregon State Highway 22 and south to Oregon State Highway 20.
“We are ramping up our closure to ensure folks stay clear of the area during the next 72- hours,” said Willamette Forest Supervisor David Warnack. “We plan to shrink the closure as appropriate once we see how the fire behaves with anticipated high wind gusts during these next few days.” For public safety, Detroit Wilderness Rangers alongside Linn and Marion Sheriff Officers, are working together to notify visitors in the area encompassed by the expanded closure order.
Over these next few days, the combination of high winds at 15-30 mph from the east with gusts up to 50 mph, low humidity, and dry fuels could cause rapid fire spread. A red flag warning is in effect for wind and low humidity through Wednesday evening. Please observe public use restrictions and help us limit potential new starts during this time. “The fire weather forecasted is extremely rare and occurs only a few times a century,” said Eric Johnson, Deputy Fire Staff for Northwest Oregon Fire Management. “Any new fires will prove challenging to suppress, so please help firefighters by not doing activities that could create sparks,” said Johnson.