Lookout Fire Update: August 28, 2023, 10:00 a.m.

Quick Facts-
Size: 22,317 acres
Start Date: August 5, 2023
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 17%
Point of origin: 3 miles North of McKenzie Bridge, OR
Total personnel: 986
Resources: 55 engines |  16 crews  |  15 bulldozers  |  28 water tenders  |  12 masticators  |  9  helicopters



The Lookout Fire in the area of Highway 126, burning in both Lane County and Linn County is currently at 22,317 acres, and roughly 17% contained. A large Incident Command staff is managing the Lookout Fire, as well as two smaller fires nearby that started from recent lightening (Horse Creek Fire and Pothole Fire). More information on all three fires can be found at @LookoutFire2023

All previous evacuation alert and preparedness areas REMAIN IN EFFECT. For specific details of evacuation levels, especially for the areas of Olallie Campground, Trail Bridge Reservoir & Campground, Smith Reservoir & Campgrounds, Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool), Sahalie Falls, Clear Lake & Campground, and Fish Lake, please visit the map located at http://tinyurl.com/LookoutFire

The Willamette National Forest has implemented and expanded a forest closure related to the Lookout fire that now includes the east side of Highway 126, starting at the junction of Highway 20 and ending at the intersection of Highway 242 (https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/willamette/alerts-notices/?aid=61574) .  This updated closure area includes the area surrounding the Clear Lake Resort, however the Clear Lake Resort is still open to recreators and those camping at the Resort.  The surrounding forest service roads and trails, including the McKenzie River Trail, are closed and recreators are asked to remain in the Clear Lake area.

Clear Lake remains under a LEVEL 1 (BE READY) evacuation preparedness level.  The Linn County Sheriff’s Office will continue sharing fire updates and any changes in evacuation levels.

Highway 126 remains open to all vehicle traffic. Anyone traveling the area should proceed with caution, and yield to all emergency vehicles. Travelers are advised to check www.TripCheck.com for the latest in roadway information.

All areas mentioned have poor or nonexistent cell phone reception.  This presents a danger to any persons using the areas within the listed zone. While LEVEL 1 and LEVEL 2 areas remain open, persons visiting should stay alert and prepared, as evacuation levels can change with fire conditions quickly, and alerts may not be able to be delivered to cell phones in the area.

For more information on evacuations, visit https://www.linnsheriff.org/ and @LinnSheriff.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office has also issued evacuation alerts. Citizens are encouraged to visit https://lanecounty.org/lookoutfire and their Facebook page at @LaneCountySheriffsOffice

Important Links:

Lookout Fire Map: https://tinyurl.com/LookoutFire

Lookout Fire 2023 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LookoutFire2023

Air & Smoke Map: https://fire.airnow.gov/

Willamette National Forest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/willamettenf

Fire Closures Map: Willamette National Forest https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/willamette/alerts-notices/?cid=fseprd552029