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Traveler Alert: Fire Closes Highway 20

Closure expected to be "lengthy," officials say.

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Traveling to the Willamette Valley or into the Cascades today? Avoid Highway 20. The Oregon Department of Transportation released this notice less than one hour ago, alerting drivers to the closure of Hwy. 20:

"U.S. 20 remains closed because of a wildfire about 5 miles west of Santiam Pass. Eastbound traffic is being stopped at Santiam Junction and westbound traffic is being stopped at Santiam Pass. This could be a lengthy closure so travelers should consider using an alternative route, avoid the area or expect delays. Contact info, for media use only: TripCheck.com, 5-1-1."

A map of the Milli Fire west of Sisters as of Aug. 29. - CENTRAL OREGON FIRE INFORMATION
  • Central Oregon Fire Information
  • A map of the Milli Fire west of Sisters as of Aug. 29.
At the same time, OR 242 remains closed east of the Cascade Crest, to the junction of FR 15.

As of this morning, the Milli Fire near Sisters was about 21,100 acres in size and was 32 percent contained. That fire and numerous others in the region have resulted in hazardous air quality conditions in the region. 





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