Fire closes access to Columbia River Highway, Multnomah Falls and more

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Sky 8 over a fire near the Oneonta Gorge,. (KGW)

Columbia Gorge, Ore. — If you were headed out to hike anywhere near Oneonta Falls in the Columbia River Gorge today, you will need to postpone plans for at least now as Corbett firefighters and the U.S. Forest service are fighting a wildfire spanning for at least 2 acres in steep terrain.

According to latest news, firefighters and Forest Service crew members were dispatched Tuesday night to fight the blaze. Authorities have taken action and closed the Historic Columbia River Highway in the area, all the way from Multnomah Falls to Ainsworth State Park. Word has it the highway will most likely be closed through Thursday, due to falling rocks from a cliff above the road, where the fire is currently located.

Due to the difficult, steep terrain and rolling rocks, crews have had difficultly reaching the fire between Oneonta Gorge and Ononta Trail, blazing above the parking lot that accesses Oneonta Gorge. By Wednesday morning, reportedly already half an acre had been burned.

The Columbia River Highway between Bridal Veil and Horsetail Falls has also been shut down by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

“I still get to see the (Multnomah) falls which is great but I’m not really sure what hikes we’d be missing out on, so we’re making the best of it for sure”,  said Rachel Brown, a visitor from out of state.