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Popular Oregon hot spring closed due to forest fire

Cougar Hot Springs (SBG photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A popular hot springs is among the trails, campgrounds and recreation sites closed to public access while firefighters work to contain a forest fire burning south of the McKenzie River.

Terwilliger Hot Springs, sometimes called Cougar Hot Springs, is closed to public access until further notice, the USDA Forest Service said.

Access to the springs is off Forest Service Road 19, also known as Aufderheide Scenic Byway.

The road is closed from Delta Campground south for more than 32 miles due to the Rebel Fire.

As of Friday, firefighters had achieved 5 percent containment on the more than 700 acre Rebel Fire.

Other closures include:

Campgrounds

  • Slide Creek
  • Frissell Crossing
  • Sunnyside
  • Echo – Day Use Site
  • Roaring River Group Site
  • Red Diamond Group Site
  • Hard Rock Group Site
  • French Pete
  • Cougar Crossing

Trails

  • Bear Flat #3301
  • Crossing Way #3507
  • East Fork #3308
  • Echo #3309
  • French Pete #3311
  • Roaring River Ridge #3312
  • Frissell Crossing #3320
  • O’Leary Mountain #3321
  • Rebel Creek #3323
  • Rebel Rock #3324
  • Saddle #3326
  • South Fork #3327
  • Lowder Mountain #3329
  • Walker Creek #3330
  • Wildcat #3331
  • Quaking Aspen #3332
  • Portion of Castle Rock #3506
  • Elk Creek #3510
  • Horse Creek #3514
  • McBee #3523
  • Olallie #3529
  • Park #3530
  • Olallie Mountain #4100
  • Horesepature Mountain #4347

Boat Ramps

  • Cougar Crossing
  • Slide Creek
  • Echo

Additional closures are in place near the Jones Fire in the Fall Creek area and the Whitewater Fire on Mount Jefferson.

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