BLM closes Deschutes to rafters from Warm Springs to Nena

The Prineville BLM is closing a portion of the Lower Deschutes River as a precaution against the Sunnyside Turnoff Fire on the Warm Springs Reservation. The fire has burned down to the river and has the potential to jump the river, endangering rafters. As a result, the Lower Deschutes River is closed from the Warm Springs put-in (River Mile 98) to Nena (River Mile 59). Rafters can use their boater pass for Segments 2,3 and 4 today instead. The closure is temporary and will be lifted as soon as possible.

Fire crews worked through the night battling the fire, which has now grown to more than 22,300 acres.

Highway 3 is closed to public travel at milepost 15 (heading south from Simnasho) and near milepost 6.5 (north of U.S. Highway 26 out of Warm Springs).  Evacuations remain in place for the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Charley Canyon areas.

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