Firefighters contain Devil’s Rest Fire near Oneonta Gorge, trail - KPTV - FOX 12

Firefighters contain Devil’s Rest Fire near Oneonta Gorge, trails, highway open

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The U.S. Forest Service said Friday the Devil’s Rest Fire that sparked Tuesday night near the Oneonta Gorge is now under control.

Forest Service officials said crews contained the one-acre fire by using a hand line, a hose lay, helicopter bucket drops and sprinklers.

The fire sparked sometime Tuesday night. Crews had difficulty accessing the blaze due to its location on a sheer rock face between the Oneonta Tunnel and Horsetail Falls.

Crews were forced to close a portion of the Historic Columbia River Highway and surrounding trails while firefighters battled the fire.

The fire was reduced to a “patrol status” by Wednesday. No smoke could be seen from the area but the firefighters were still monitoring it for hot spots.

Crews Friday reopened the Historic Columbia River Highway and the surrounding trails including the Oneonta Trail and Horsetail Falls.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  

A portion of the Eagle Creek Trail eight miles into the trail system remains closed as crews battle the eight-acre Indian Creek Fire.   

Fire danger levels remain “high” in the western Gorge and “extremely high” in the eastern Gorge. For the latest fire information, visit FS.USDA.gov.

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