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Group Of Trails Reopen

The Pacific Crest Trail, Benson State Park, and several trails in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness east of Cascade Locks reopened to hikers today for the first time since the Eagle Creek Fire.  Columbia River National Scenic Area manager Lynn Burditt says the opening is thanks to many volunteer hours put in by the Pacific Crest Trail Association and Trailkeepers of Oregon.  Officials say the newly reopened trails are inside areas that burned during the Eagle Creek Fire, so the ground may be unstable, particularly in areas where understory plants burned away.  To protect public safety, hikers who venture off the newly reopened trails into legally closed areas can be cited and fined.  Most of the Wy’eth Trail #411 remains closed, as do all National Forest System trails between Angel’s Rest and the Pacific Crest Trail.  For a full list of Eagle Creek Fire closures, go to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area website.