Oneonta Gorge Fire Closes Portion Of Historic Highway

A one acre fire on the cliffs west of Oneonta Gorge has the Historic Columbia River Highway through that area and surrounding trails closed until further notice.  The fire started between Oneonta Trail and the cliff west of Oneonta Gorge late Tuesday evening.  Forest Service firefighters are using helicopters bucket drops and a hose lay to suppress it.  The Oregon Department of Transportation has closed the Historic Columbia River Highway between Multnomah Falls and Ainsworth State Park, but both of those facilities remain open.  The Forest Service is closing hiking trails surrounding the fire, including Oneonta Trail #424, Horsetail Falls #438, and Gorge #400, making Horsetail Falls and Triple Falls inaccessible until further notice.   A temporary flight restriction is in effect over the same area from ground surface to 2300 feet above ground level.  The Forest Service is asking people to refrain from flying drones in that area.

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