Bulletin Staff Report

The U.S. Forest Service closed a significant portion of the Three Sisters Wilderness on Tuesday, citing danger from the Milli Fire burning to the west of Sisters.

In portions of the wilderness area managed by the Deschutes National Forest, trails are closed south of the McKenzie Pass Highway and west of U.S. Forest Service road 1018, according to a news release from the U.S. Forest Service. Additionally, the closure includes trails north of the Cascade Lakes Highway, including the portion of the Pacific Crest Trail that stretches from Elk Lake north to the trailhead near Lava Camp Lake Campground.

Trails near Wickiup Plains and Sisters Mirror Lake are closed as well, though the South Sisters climber trail and Elk Lake trail remain open, according to the release.

In the Willamette National Forest, trails in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area south of the McKenzie Pass Highway are closed with the exception of the Proxy Falls trailhead. Also closed is the Obsidian trailhead and Obsidian limited entry area, according to the release.

Firefighters are attempting to contain the fire, which had burned 150 acres around 8 miles east of Sisters, and was 2 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, according to the release.

For a full list of closures, visit www.centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com.

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