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Growing Wildfire Closes Jefferson Park, Pacific Crest Trail

The Whitewater Fire is burning the Mount Jefferson Wilderness area.

The Whitewater Fire is burning the Mount Jefferson Wilderness area.

Courtesy of the Willamette National Forest

The Whitewater Fire burning east of Detroit has continued to grow, reaching 167 acres during the weekend in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness. 

Officials responded by shutting down access to Jefferson Park, a popular hiking and backpacking destination, and an 11-mile segment of the Pacific Crest Trail, along with four other pathways that were already closed. 

The closures officially begin at 6 a.m. on Monday.

“We understand it is inconvenient but our priority is to protect public safety,” Detroit District Ranger Grady McMahan said in a news release. 

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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