New Fire Near Mt. Hood Meadows

Photo: Mt. Hood Meadows

Early Monday morning Mt. Hood Meadows public safety reported a small fire at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Area, about a uarter of a mile east of the Shooting Star chair lift in the Heather Canyon drainage.

An engine crew and hand crew already responded to the fire, supported by a helicopter dropping water.

Additional crews responded on Monday. The fire was estimated to be around 2-acres as of midday. They have not update the size of the fire since East winds hit the area.

To protect public safety and facilitate firefighters reaching the fire, the Timberline Trail is closed between Timberline Lodge and Cloud Cap. The Elk Meadow Trailhead and Sahalie Falls Trailhead have also been closed. Travelers in that area are asked to drive extra carefully and be aware of fire vehicles and the possibility of smoke.

Campfires are currently prohibited across the Mt. Hood National Forest.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.