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Road closures widespread from wildfires

Fire and transportation officials are urging people to respect road closures as first responders continue to work in charred and burning areas from Southern Oregon wildfires.

In the Almeda fire area, Highway 99 remains closed to the public between South Valley View Road north of Ashland to Garfield Street in south Medford.

Portions of Phoenix and Talent in that zone have been destroyed and firefighting activities are continuing. The Almeda fire burned an estimated 3,000 acres, including in heavily populated areas and business districts.

People should not drive through the closure area or around closure points. Doing so creates a hazard for first responder safety and clogs transportation routes, officials said.

In the Obenchain fire area north of Eagle Point, Highway 62 is closed at Highway 234 stretching north through Shady Cove to the Tiller-Trail junction. The section of highway is closed to allow for continuing fire operations against the fire, which has burned an estimated 20,500 acres in primarily mountainous forestland.

Structures are threatened from the Obenchain fire.

For the Archie fire and Diamond Lake area fires, Highway 138 East remains closed from Glide east to the junction with Highway 230.

With the Slater fire burning in the Illinois Valley, Highway 199, also known as Redwood Highway, remains closed from the Oregon and California border north to near Cave Junction. The highway is also closed on the California side due to a complex of fires in northern California.

For road updates, visit tripcheck.com or call 5-1-1.

Southern Oregon wildfires have led to widespread road closures. Jamie Lusch/Mail Tribune