Butte Fire Closure Update
Incident: Butte Wildfire
Deschutes National Forest (www.fs.usda.gov/centraloregon) and
Umpqua National Forest (www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua)
Contact: Lisa Clark, 541-280-9560 (acting Central Oregon Public Affairs Officer in Prineville, OR)
At Midnight, Friday August 24, 2012 the Deschutes and Umpqua national forests will reduce the Butte Fire closure area to include only the area within the fire perimeter. The Pacific Crest Trail (Trail #2000) and Forest Service Road 60 will be reopened for public use at the same time. Forest Service Road #5826 will remain closed as it is a primary road for firefighting operations. Visitors should be cautions of mixed traffic on all roads near the fire.
Public safety is extremely important to fire and Forest managers as they work to fully contain the Butte Fire. Currently, the fire is approximately 90% contained and fire crews have mopped up (extinguished all burning materials) 150' from the fire's edge. All remaining road and area closures will be lifted as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, please call a local Ranger District office: Crescent Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest at 541-433-3200 or Diamond Lake Ranger District, Umpqua National Forest at 541-498-2531.
For more information about the Pacific Crest Trail, visit http://www.pcta.org.