Old McKenzie Pass open again

Wildfire closure ends on Highway 242


September 14, 2023 | View PDF

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: Route 242, the Old McKenzie Highway reopened Tuesday morning following reductions in the Lookout Fire evacuation levels. The highway was closed due to fire activity from the lightning-caused fire.

“We want to remind you that the Lookout Fire remains active,” according to Mindy McCartt with the Oregon Dept. of Transportation’s Salem office. “Watch for fire vehicles in the area and prepare for the possibility of closures if fire conditions change,” she cautioned.

Drivers on the winding road also need to be on the lookout for cyclists and pedestrians, as this is a popular scenic route for many different road users. Vehicles longer than 35 feet are prohibited from using the highway due to its sharp, narrow curves.

The roadway usually closes for the season the Thursday after Veterans Day, but that date can change with the weather. Tripcheck.com is always up to date with road closure information.


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