Increased Fire Activity at the Blue Top Fire: Blue Pool access and a portion of the McKenzie River Trail remain closed

Contact(s): Joanie Schmidgall

(McKenzie Bridge, OR) Firefighters are continuing their hard work containing the Blue Top Fire. All access to the Blue Pool area as well as the McKenzie River Trail from Trail Bridge campground to Carmen Reservoir remains closed. The trail west of Trail Bridge campground and the trail east of Carmen Reservoir is open.

“The suppression efforts on this fire have been impressive.” said Fire Management Officer Randy Harbick. “Fire personnel are working efficiently and safely to control this difficult and challenging situation. Today we had an increase in active fire behavior at the south end of the fire which we are trying to contain.” Currently there are approximately 40 firefighters on scene including a 20-person hand crew, two fire engines and a water tender. Additional resources have been ordered to assist with suppression efforts.

Harbick would like to remind visitors to the area that all access to the popular Blue Pool is restricted. “Unfortunately, we still don’t know when Blue Pool or that section of the trail will be open” Harbick continued. “Blue Pool and the adjacent trail are simply not safe for visitors right now, but we will open the area as soon as we possibly can. The firefighters are very thankful for the positive attitudes expressed by the public and for the support of the community.”

All campgrounds on the McKenzie River Ranger District remain open. There are many other options for recreation in the area including beautiful sections of the McKenzie River Trail not part of the closure. Additional places to visit include: Cougar Reservoir, Terwilliger hot springs, Blue River Reservoir, the Sahalie and Koosah waterfall loop trail, and attractions along Highway 242 (old McKenzie Highway) including the historic Dee Wright Observatory. Highway 242 is closed to any vehicle longer than 35’.

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