Wildfire shuts down 25 miles of Pacific Crest Trail

A large swath of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Southern Cascades will be shut down beginning August 23, due to the growing activity of the 790 Fire.

The closure covers roughly 25 miles from Oregon Highway 140 north to the boundary of Crater Lake National Park, the U.S. Forest Service said. The closure includes most trails in the popular Seven Lakes Basin of the Sky Lakes Wilderness, where the fire is located, near Hemlock Lake.

The fire has recently crossed the trail and there are numerous down and burning snags making the trail unsafe.

Fire Crews continue to fully suppress this fire. The terrain is very steep and rocky with many wind fall trees and snags. This makes fire suppression activities slow and difficult while presenting serious safety hazards.

Other closed trails in the Sky Lakes Wilderness include: Alta Lake Trail, Middle Fork Trail, Seven Lake Trail, King Spruce Trail, Devil’s Peak Trail, Lake Ivern Trail and Seven Mile Trail.

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