THE FOREST SERVICE & OREGON PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT RE-OPENS SEVERAL SITES WITHIN THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE NATIONAL SCENIC AREA

HOOD RIVER, Ore., – Recent rainstorms have reduced Forest Service & Oregon Parks concerns related to wildfire danger within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. While the potential for a new fire to start may always be present, damper conditions has lowered the risk of wildfire and allowed for additional resources to become available. In response to the rainfall, the two agencies have decided to re-open recreation sites which were closed to assist with wildfire management. “While several sites have re-opened, there are still several recreation sites which remain closed to protect visitors, said Lynn Burditt, Forest Supervisor. “Never enter closed areas as they can be dangerous and often very difficult to conduct rescues within.” Visitors looking to visit the Columbia River Gorge should be aware that several sites within the area will NOT be re-opening. Public safety closures near Eagle Creek, Herman Creek, and several other locations remain in place and are not related to recent wildfire risks. Before leaving, make sure to establish a plan and verify whether your destination is open and safe to visit.
Oregon State Parks is re-opening previously closed parks along the Historic Columbia Highway from Larch Mountain to Ainsworth as well as the Angel’s Rest Trailhead and trail and Mount Defiance at Starvation Creek. To plan around closures and to find open outdoor recreation areas, please visit ReadySetGOrge.com and remember to be safe and always recreate responsibly.