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Travel Alerts

Travel Oregon’s first priority is the safety of our residents and visitors. As we navigate life through a pandemic and historic wildfires, we always recommend consulting official resources prior to traveling to ensure access to your destination is safe.

Wildfire Conditions
Updated August 10, 2022

Like many states in the West, Oregon has seen an increase in the size of wildfires in recent years. While natural wildfires are a part of healthy forest ecosystems, uncontrolled wildfires caused by people can endanger lives, homes and vital natural resources.

Many wildfire-impacted areas remain closed, while others have reopened but still require caution when visiting. Here’s what you should know about visiting Oregon’s wildfire-impacted areas.

Before you head out, check road conditions at TripCheck and sign up for alerts and review emergency info, air quality data and latest fire updates at: Oregon Wildfire Response & Recovery.

Are there currently wildfires in Oregon?

  • The Cedar Creek Fire, located in the Willamette National Forest, began on Aug. 1 and has grown to more than 3,700 acres. The fire is located 3 miles west of Waldo Lake, north of Highway 58 and 12 miles east of the community of Oakridge. Currently, there are no evacuations in place.
    • The entire Waldo Lake Wilderness area is closed due to the Cedar Creek Fire.  This includes all trailheads and dispersed camping west and north of Waldo Lake. The lake itself remains open as well as campgrounds on the east side. However, the closure may include the east side in a few days so remain aware and prepared.
  • The McKinney Fire, located in California along the Klamath River, has grown to more than 57,000 acres, forcing nearly 2,000 residents to evacuate. The fire poses no impacts to travel in Oregon but may impact air quality. Please check Southern Oregon Visitor Resources-Air Quality pages. The fire has closed portions of the Pacific Crest Trail in California. An air quality advisory has been issued for Jackson and Klamath Counties.
  • The Potter Fire was first reported on July 31 near Potter Mountain on the Middle Fork Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest. It’s grown to approximately 306 acres with 0% containment.
  • The Windigo Fire near mile 1878 (appx. 80 miles southwest of Bend) has burned nearly 1,100 acres and is at 25% containment. The Pacific Crest Trail is closing in the area. PCT hikers should stay off the trail “between Highway 138 (mile 1848) at the north boundary of Crater Lake National Park and Highway 58 (mile 1908) at Willamette Pass.”
  • Updates for the Windigo Fire and Potter Fire are available here.
    • Closures: For firefighter and public safety follow the Windigo and Potter Closure Orders.
      • Pacific Crest Trail – see here for detailed trail closures.
      • Forest Service Road (FSR) 60 from the junction with FSR 6020 on the Deschutes National Forest to FSR 2612 on the Umpqua National Forest.
      • Forest Service Road (FSR) 2610 from Lemolo Dam to Calapooya Mountain.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, read this guide to wildfire season in Oregon.

COVID-19 Travel Information

The U.S. border is reopened to vaccinated international travelers. Some countries may require negative PCR tests before re-entry. Please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s website for information about where to get tested.

Other Guidelines:

Masks are no longer required in indoor or outdoor spaces. Please continue to be patient, flexible and kind, especially if asked to mask up, or share your vaccination status. These measures are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Masks are still “strongly recommended” in the outdoors for people at higher risk from the disease, such as people who are elderly, immunocompromised, or those who haven’t been vaccinated.

For more traveler information and prevention tips, we encourage you to seek the most current information from the following sources:

Oregon Welcome Centers

Where can I find an Oregon Welcome Center?

All of Oregon Welcome Centers (PDX, Ashland, Brookings, Seaside, Ontario, Klamath Falls, Boardman and Oregon City) are open to assist visitors in person.

Visitors may call 1.800.547.7842 to request information, submit travel questions to Ask Oregon or visit to talk to a friendly staff member and pick up a few travel guides for the region you’re visiting.