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Klamathon fire closes BLM lands near California border

Public lands near the California border are closed while crews work to prevent the Klamathon fire's further spread into Oregon.

Popular hiking areas southeast of Ashland near the state line are closed as of early this afternoon, according to a press release issued by the Bureau of Land Management Medford District and Oregon Department of Forestry.

Areas closed include Emigrant Creek Road, Baldy Creek Road, Soda Mountain Road, Pilot Rock Road, the Lone Pilot Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail from Highway 66 west to the boundary of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, according to the release. All BLM lands and roads within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument within the map are closed.

Signs will be posted at main entry points of the affected areas, and maps will be available at the Medford district BLM office. Penalties could include a fine up to $1,000 and up to a year in jail, according to the BLM.

In partnership with the Klamathon fire team, Oregon firefighters are working to build a control line to stop the fire's spread deeper into Oregon while winds work in crews favor for the next 48 hours, according to the release.

BLM map of lands and roads within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument affected by the closure.