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The Bootleg Fire, which has destroyed an area half the size of Rhode Island, was 40% surrounded after burning some 70 homes.
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The closure takes effect on Friday and will affect about 2,260 square miles of land.
A U.S. Coast Guard vessel reported the fire around 3 p.m. Monday near the Twelvemile Beach campground at Pictured Rocks.
Currently, 5,000 firefighters are battling blazes in the state, including 2,000 working on the Bootleg Fire.
The threat of thunderstorms and lightning has prompted officials in fire-ravaged Oregon to ask for help from outside the Pacific Northwest to prepare for additional blazes.
Authorities braced for new fires to ignite and existing ones to grow as the National Weather Service said the heat would linger through Thursday.
PG&E reported that its equipment may have been involved in the start of a fire burning in the Sierra Nevada that is threatening hundreds of homes.
Several communities in the area had been evacuated and all riders were ordered to clear the area.