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Parkdale, Ore. – Due to the Indian Creek Fire and to protect public safety, the Forest Service has established a trail and area closure closing Eagle Creek Trail #440 from the boundary of the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness to its terminus, along with several adjacent trails.
The Indian Creek Fire started at 5:30 p.m. on July 4 near Seven and a Half Mile Camp on Mt. Hood National Forest lands, and is currently estimated at 6-7 acres on the slopes and cliffs just west of the trail.
As of July 6, the fire is not contained but it also is not spreading. It is currently smoldering in heavy dead and down vegetation on steep terrain. Forest Service firefighters are actively monitoring the fire, and a helicopter is dropping water on it. Due to the steepness of the terrain and difficulty of safely engaging firefighters directly on the fire, it is expected to take some time to completely extinguish the fire.
The Forest Service issued a trail and area closure order late July 5 for the area surrounding the fire, including Eagle Creek Trail #440, from the boundary with Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness (to the north) to its terminus at the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. The closure will include adjacent trails Eagle Benson #434, Indian Springs Trail #435, Eagle Tanner Trail #433 and Tanner Butte Trail, south of Tanner Butte. A crew is posting closure signs in the area and sweeping it to make sure visitors are not within the closure area.
The nearby Pacific Crest Trail remains open.
The main focus at this time is public and firefighter safety. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.