But with the Whitewater Fire continuing to expand and all evidence pointing toward additional growth, U.S. Forest Service officials closed a large swath of land surrounding Oregon’s second-tallest mountain beginning Monday and effective through eclipse day.
The closure includes 117,000 acres of roads, trails and mountains in and around the Mount Jefferson Wilderness. It includes popular hiking destinations Jefferson Park, Pamelia Lake and the Pacific Crest Trail for about 30 miles.
Tens of thousands were expected to visit the Jefferson and Detroit Lake areas because they are smack in the middle of the eclipse’s path of totality.
Read more at the Statesman Journal.