As the Cedar Creek Fire continues to burn, the Deschutes National Forest has released an expanded emergency closure area. This includes trailheads, lakes and other day use areas.
But Elk Lake is not closed, and Elk Lake Resort says closure signage confuses people and hurts business.
“It affected our business. Few people came,” Elk Lake Resort bartender Lauren Farmer said. “They see the sign that it’s cut to Hosmer. It’s just south of Hosmer that it is cut. We are actually right there, on the border of it.
The lake is on the literal border.
Elk Lake Trailhead, directly across from Elk Lake Resort, is closed, but the resort still has its doors open.
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But will it close soon?
“Absolutely not. It’s a bit windy today but no, it’s not bad. There’s not really any smoke in the air. It’s a beautiful day, ideal for sailing too. It’s just that people don’t know we’re open,” Farmer said.
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A few customers and lake goers said the same about the smoke.
“Well, we looked at the weather and we knew there was going to be a fire, but we wanted to rest in the kayaks because my friends are from out of town. And so we got here around 10 a.m. and it was really quiet and it got more clear and crisp,” MaryLynne Jones said.
‘We were surprised because we watched the smoke and where it was heading last week while we were here and thought it would be a bit hazier than it is. It’s actually pretty blue skies,” said Steve Daschel.
“The air seems really clear except where the fire is. It was a delightful time here,” Allegra Andersen said.
Asked about the signs, everyone Central Oregon Daily News spoke to said they were familiar with the area, but could see how confused newcomers could be.