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Wildfire closes 10-mile part of Highway 138 near Glide

A wildfire has closed a roughly 10-mile stretch of Highway 138 east of Glide.

The highway, which was shut down Tuesday afternoon, will be closed until crews can evaluate fire damage and debris left by the fire. It was reported Tuesday afternoon about 19 miles east of Glide, on the road to Diamond Lake.

The Oregon Department of Transportation planned to send crews to the scene this morning, officials said.

The fire had burned at least 20 to 30 acres in the Umpqua National Forest on Bogus Creek in the Steamboat area, said Tom Fields, a spokesman for the Douglas Forest Protective Association. A smaller spot fire sparked by the main fire had burned another three or four acres.

It reportedly had burned to within one mile of the highway and officials wanted to keep travelers out of the area. Helicopters and ground crews battled the blaze, which burned in rugged terrain that was difficult to access, Fields said.

Transportation officials advised motorists to use alternative routes. Message boards warning of the closure were set out along Highway 138E, U.S. 97 and Interstate 5. Eastbound traffic is being turned around at mile 29 while westbound traffic was stopped at mile 19.