Four state parks reopen in Columbia Gorge, 11 remain closed after Eagle Creek Fire

Some parks reopen after Columbia Gorge fire

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department reopened four state parks Monday in the Columbia River Gorge, as the Eagle Creek Fire winds down. 

Eleven state parks remain closed, including those in the most popular areas. 

The Eagle Creek Fire has burned 48,668 acres and is 46 percent contained. 

The parks re-opened included Dabney State Recreation Area, Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint, Rooster Rock State Park and Starvation Creek State Park.

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The parks were closed as a safety precaution during the fire and the related closure of Interstate 84, park officials said in a news release. 

All state park major and historic structures withstood the fire according to Park Manager Clay Courtright, West Gorge Management Unit. 

"We're grateful that Vista House still stands as well as other iconic features well-loved by Oregonians and visitors to our state," Courtright said. 

Several parks remain closed until the all-clear signal is issued for staff to safely access and enter the properties, he said.

Park staff will assess possible fire damage to trails, vegetation, parking areas and minor structures.

This initial review will take time and many parks will remain closed until they are safe for visitors. 

Here are parks that are still closed: 

* Ainsworth State Park and campground 

* Benson State Recreation Area 

* Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint 

* Crown Point State Scenic Corridor 

* Dalton Point State Recreation Site 

* George W. Joseph State Natural Area 

* John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor 

* Guy W. Talbot State Park 

* Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area 

* Viento State Park 

* West Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail 

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