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Four state parks in Gorge reopen as fire threat eases

But several others still closed

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Four state parks have reopened in the scenic Columbia River Gorge after being shut down because of a large wildfire.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said Monday the parks include Dabney State Recreation Area, Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint, Rooster Rock State Park and Starvation Creek State Park.

The parks were closed as a safety precaution during the Eagle Creek Fire and the related closure of Interstate 84.

The human-caused wildfire that began Labor Day weekend is about 50 percent contained. Eleven parks remain closed.

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Oregon Parks and Recreation release:

Corbett, OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has re-opened Dabney State Recreation Area, Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint, Rooster Rock State Park and Starvation Creek State Park. The parks were closed as a safety precaution during the Eagle Creek Fire and the related closure of Interstate 84.

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," said Courtright.

Several parks remain closed until the all-clear signal is issued for staff to safely access and enter the properties, he added. Park staff will assess possible fire damage to trails, vegetation, parking areas and minor structures. This initial review will take time and the following parks will remain closed until they are safe for visitors. The opening dates will be determined later.

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

Visit www.oregonstateparks.org for the latest park opening information.


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