Indian Creek Fire Smolders; Trail Closures Continue

The Indian Creek Fire continues to smolder on the cliffs west of Eagle Creek Trail #440, and a trail closure in that area continues.  Mt. Hood National Forest officials say the fire that started last Tuesday afternoon did not increase in size over the weekend and remains at an approximate seven acres.  Firefighters continue to monitor the fire and a helicopter continues to drop water on the fire as needed.  Due to the steepness of the terrain where the fire is burning, firefighters cannot directly engage with the fire.  The fire is expected to continue to burn for the foreseeable future.  Cause of the fire has not yet been determined.  The trail and area closure includes Eagle Creek Trail #440, from the boundary with the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness to the north to its terminus at the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail.  This means that Punch Bowl Falls and High Bridge are still open, but Tunnel Falls is closed.  The closure includes adjacent trails Eagle Benson #434, Indian Springs Trail #435, Eagle Tanner Trail #433 and Tanner Butte Trail, south of Tanner Butte.  Signs are posted informing visitors that these trails are closed.  The nearby Pacific Crest Trail remains open.

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