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Crews Battle Blue Top Fire Burning in Rough Terrain

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NEAR MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Ore. — Fire crews continue battling the Blue Top Fire. Firefighters said they’re making good progress, but said the tough terrain is a challenge.

The McKenzie River Ranger District said the Blue Top Fire broke out Wednesday afternoon and is now burning nearly 3.5 acres.

Around 40 firefighters are working to put this wildfire out, but crews said steep cliffs and rolling rocks limit their access. Crews are attacking hotspots that are unsafe to reach by foot with a water cannon.

Saturday, crews also worked to build a contingency line around the fire to keep it from spreading.

Access from the McKenzie River Trail to Blue Pool remains closed as crews continue to fight the wildfire. They said they don’t have an estimation on when the trails will re-open, but said crews will be assessing the need for the closure every day.

The trail west of Trail Bridge Campground and the trail east of Carmen Reservoir are open.

Crews said the cause of this wildfire is under investigation.

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