The Deschutes National Forest said Thursday it has reopened a portion of the area closed as a result of the Muskrat Fire near Cultus Lake.
The new order reopens Big Cove and Little Cove Campgrounds and the areas on the north shore of Cultus Lake. Six Lakes Trailhead, which was being used as the incident command Post (ICP) has now been reopened to the public. The Pacific Crest Trail remains open.
The following areas remain closed to provide for public and firefighter safety during mop-up, rehabilitation of fire lines and demobilization of fire equipment.
- West Cultus boat-in Campground
The following National Forest Service System Trails and surrounding areas:
- Deer Lake Trail #6 from the Deer Lake Trailhead to the junction with Many Lakes Trail #15
- Corral Swamp Trail #8 in its entirety
- Teddy Lake Trail #5 in its entirety
- Many Lakes Trail #15 in its entirety
- Winopee Lake Trail #16 from the junction with the Corral Swamp/Metolius-Windigo Trail to the Pacific Crest Trail
- Metolius Windigo Trail #99 from the junction with Corral Swamp Trail #8 to the junction with Senoj Lake Trail #41.1
This new closure order was made effective Thursday at 8:00 a.m. will be in place until rescinded.
The Muskrat Fire is located ½ mile from Muskrat Lake and 2 miles northwest of Cultus Lake. The fire is located within the Three Sisters Wilderness on the Deschutes National Forest and is currently approximately 50 acres with 75 percent containment. The fire is under the command of a Deschutes National Forest Type 4 Team.