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Because of the high risk of human-caused fire, the U.S. Forest Service has closed access to the Hood River Ranger district west of Highway 35 and north of the Mt. Hood Wilderness.

    Extreme fire danger, coupled with considerations for firefighter safety during fire operations for the Eagle Creek Fire, a full area closure is in effect for the Hood River RangerDistrict west of Highway 35 and north of the Mt. Hood Wilderness,

All roads, trails and National Forest lands within this area are closed. This closure mirrors the actions of Hood River County Lands and is being implemented in coordination with Hood River County and the Hood River County Sheriff's Office.

To date. 56 human-caused fires have been reported on the Mt. Hood National Forest burning more than 784 acres.

In addition, there are critical shortages in the resources needed to address new fires at both the regional and national levels. Fire season will continue indefinitely without measurable rain forecasted in the area at this time. The closure is being viewed as a preventive measure againt additional fire starts.

"With the unprecedented fire behavior that we've witnessed on the Eagle Creek Fire and elsewhere, this closure is necessary to protect critical infrastructure, our communities, and firefighters," said Hood River District Ranger Janeen Tervo.

A map of the expanded Eagle Creek Fire closure area for the Hood River Ranger District is posted on the Mt. Hood National Forest Website at www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mthood/notices/?cid=FSBDEV3_036636

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