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Wildfire burning near Oneonta Trail closes Historic Columbia River Highway

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COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, OR (KPTV) -

Crews are battling a wildfire burning in the Columbia River Gorge Tuesday night.

The fire has been dubbed the Devil's Rest Fire by the U.S. Forest Service.

Corbett Fire says the half-acre fire is climbing a sheer rock face between Oneonta Tunnel and Horsetail Falls.

According to Corbett Fire, rocks and debris are falling onto the highway below, and the fire is burning towards several trails above it.

The area is difficult to access on foot. The U.S. Forest Service has been called for air support. 

The Oregon Department of Transportation said Historic Columbia River Highway is closed from Ainsworth to Multnomah Falls. Only local traffic is being let through.

This prevents access to the Oneonta Trail and Horsetail Falls. Multnomah Falls remains open if access from the west or I-84. 

Forest Service officials are asking hikers to stay out of the area while fire crews battle the fire. 

Wind gusts Wednesday are expected to be around 20 miles per hour.

There is no word on the cause of the fire. 

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