Nash Fire update: Elk Lake pre-evacuation notices dropped

Cooldown, rain potential eases fire concerns

BEND, Ore. - The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has continued to coordinate with fire managers on the Nash Fire, which is part of the Horse Creek Complex. After discussion with the incident management team and the Deschutes National Forest, the Sheriff's Office will drop all pre-evacuation notices around Elk Lake due to the Nash fire at 3 p.m. Monday.

This includes the following areas: Elk Lake Resort, Elk Lake CG, Point CG, Little Fawn CG, Mallard Marsh CG, Sunset View Day Use Area, Beach Day Use Area, and Quinn Meadows Horse Camp.

This does not affect any area closures implemented by the U.S. Forest Service. Please check the following links for more information on trail and area closures.

Deschutes National Forest Trail Closures:

Willamette National Forest Trail Closures:

The Sheriff's Office will continue to coordinate with the Forest Service and the incident management team assigned to the fire.

Cooler, wet weather is expected to reduce fire behavior on the 6,738-acre fire.

As a result, crews were pulling structure protection from the Elk Lake area on Monday and removing unused equipment along the Cascade Lakes Highway. They were also cleaning up brush and removing slash from the 300-foot-wide fuel break established in recent days.

Meanwhile, the fire closure for the Milli Fire was reduced as of 7 a.m. Monday.

The Whychus Overlook and parking lot as well as the access trail are reopened.

The Whychus River Trail and all other sites within the Milli Closure Area remain closed.

Closed Trails and Sites are:

  • Camp Lake Trail #4074
  • Demaris Lake Trail #4074.1
  • Park Meadow Trail #4075
  • Metolius Windigo Trail #99 from the Graham Corral Horse Camp to the trail junction with Park Meadow Trail #4075
  • Green Lakes Trail #17 is closed from Park Meadow Trail #4075 to Lava Camp Lake at Hwy 242
  • Black Crater Trail #4058
  • Millican Crater Trail #4066
  • Scott Pass Trail #4068
  • North Matthieu Lake Trail #4062
  • Trout Creek Tie Trail #4067
  • Chush Falls Trail #4080
  • Pole Creek Trail #4072
  • Whychus Creek Trail
  • Millian Crater Trailhead
  • Scott Pass Trailhead
  • Whispering Pines Campground
  • Sisters Cow Camp
  • Lava Camp Lake Campground

For additional information, the public can contact the Sisters Ranger District at 541-549-7700.

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