Smoke closes Oregon Vortex

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FILE - A 'No admittance' sign goes up at the Oregon Vortex as smoke levels continue to rise July 30, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon Vortex is closed Tuesday as wildfire smoke bears down on the summer attraction believed to be controlled by the earth’s magnetic pull.

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The House of Mystery 1 at the Oregon Vortex in Gold Hill, Ore. (File image, courtesy of the Oregon Vortex Facebook page)

The vortex is at 4303 Sardine Creek Left Fork Road in Gold Hill, Ore. The area was developed in the early 1920s and opened to the public in 1930, according to the Oregon Vortex website.

“Currently the Brimstone Fire, Labrador Fire, Big Windy Complex and Douglas Complex are burning north and west of us — filling the Rogue Valley with smoke,” Oregon Vortex reports on its Facebook page. “…We cannot in all conscience send our guides out into the smoke to talk for hours — nor do we want to encourage any of you to be outside breathing in the smokey air.”

The vortex posts it “may remain closed or have limited/varied hours” as air quality changes over the next few days.

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