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Wildfire Keeps Highway 138 Closed Through Weekend

Oregon Department of Transportation

ODOT says a 14-mile section of Oregon Highway 138 east of Glide will remain closed through at least the weekend.


The closure is due to the Jack Fire. As of Thursday afternoon, the blaze covered more than 4,200 acres and was actively spreading.


ODOT spokesperson Gary Leaming said it’s creating dangerous conditions along the road, which is also known as the North Umpqua Highway.

"We have some burning debris that’s falling onto the highway," said Leaming. "It’s basically an active burn area right adjacent to the highway.”

The closure means people heading to Crater Lake or Diamond Lake from the Roseburg area will need to find a different route for the foreseeable future. 


"Don't plan on traveling that highway this weekend," said Leaming.


The road is open for eastbound traffic as far as Steamboat Creek Road.


For westbound traffic, ODOT has set up a checkpoint at the Lemolo Lake junction. The checkpoint allows local and recreation traffic access to the nearby area, including Lemolo Lake.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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