LAKEVIEW, Ore. – The emergency fire closure for the Ben Young Fire area on the Paisley Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest was modified this morning, reducing in size and opening some recreation areas.

The closure area is now reduced, with the area bounded by Forest Road 33 in the west to the Forest Boundary to the east, and by the 33-122 and 3510-019 Roads on the northern end and the 3510 road on the southern end.

Also closed are Forest Roads 3510-018 off Clover Flat Road, the 3510-019 and 33-122 roads in the northern part of the closure area, the 3510 Road between the Forest Boundary Forest Road 33, and Road 3509 between Forest Road 3510 and the 28 Road.

Forest Road 33, also known as the River Road, remains open, but the area directly east of the road between Forest Roads 3510 and 33-122 is in the emergency fire closure area.

This adjustment reopens recreation sites including Marster Spring Campground, Chewaucan Crossing Campground and Jones Crossing Forest Camp.

Moss Meadow Horse Camp, Moss Pass Trailhead and Campground, and the Fremont National Recreation Trail within the closure area remain closed due to the emergency fire closure.

The closure order is formally referenced as 06-02-03-20-01-01.  It went into effect this morning and is in effect until conditions allow or December 1, 2020, whichever occurs first.  There will be public notification when the closure order is lifted.

Forest visitors are asked to avoid the fire area and related roads while suppression activities continue.  Anyone driving in the area should watch for increased traffic and vehicles associated with wildland firefighting.

Violations of the closure order are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment of not more than 6 months or both.