The fire area closure spans across the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mt. Hood National Forest. There are perilous conditions that greatly compromise public safety within the closure area, such as debris flow, rock fall and land slides.
The decision to maintain the area closure was not taken lightly. Forest administrators weighed many factors and concluded that it is necessary to protect the life and safety of the public and of firefighters and emergency responders, as hazards have not yet been mitigated.
Our efforts to inform visitors regarding the fire area closure has spanned many weeks, and many warnings and citations have been issued. DUE TO CONTINUED BREACHES WITHIN THE AREA CLOSURE, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WILL ISSUE CITATIONS TO ALL UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS FOUND WITHIN THE AREA CLOSURE.
Many trails no longer exist as we know them, and the possibility of getting lost or injured is very high. Please respect the area closure, and your life and safety as well as the life and safety of emergency responders.
For a full list of recreation alternatives, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/crgnsa/home/?cid=FSEPRD561601
For a map of the area closure: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/5584/
For BAER findings and recommendations: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5584/42194/