Oneonta Gorge Fire Controlled

The one-acre fire west of Oneonta Gorge has been controlled, and the Historic Columbia River Highway and the surrounding trails are now open.  The fire started between Oneonta Trail and the cliff west of Oneonta Gorge late Tuesday.  Crews controlled the fire using a hand line, a hose lay, helicopter bucket drops, and sprinklers to create a “raining” effect on the sheer cliffs at the fire’s edge.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  A closure remains in effect at Eagle Creek Trail #440 and adjacent trails, starting at the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Boundary, due to the Indian Creek Fire.  Fire danger levels remain “high” in western Gorge counties and “extremely high” in the east Gorge.