LAKEVIEW, Ore. – An emergency fire closure is now in effect for the Crane Fire area on the Lakeview Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest.

The closure area is on the National Forest System land south of Oregon State Highway 140 between Forest Road 3915-170 located east of Warner Canyon Ski Area and Forest Road 3615 south of Camas Sno-Park, extending south to the Oregon/California Stateline. The western edge of the closure is the National Forest Boundary, while the eastern edge follows Forest Roads 3615, 3910 and 3910-019 to the Forest Boundary and then the 3915 Road to the stateline.

Within the closure area are Twin Springs, Willow Creek and Deep Creek Campgrounds, Rogger Meadow and Crane Mountain Trailheads, Crane Mountain Trail and the Crane Mountain Recreation Area. These recreation sites are all closed due to the emergency fire closure.

As a result of this closure, the Oregon Timber Trail, a mountain bike-packing trail which starts at Cave Lake on the Modoc National Forest connecting to the Crane Mountain Trail at the stateline, is also closed up to Camas Sno-Park.

The closure order is formally referenced as 06-02-02-20-01. 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.