Indian Creek Fire Trail and Area Closure Remains in Effect

Release Date: Jul 10, 2017  

Parkdale, Ore. – The Indian Creek Fire continues to smolder on the cliffs west of Eagle Creek Trail #440.  The fire did not increase in size over the weekend and remains at an approximate 7 acres. 
Firefighters continue to monitor the fire and a helicopter continues to drop water on the fire as needed. 

To protect public and firefighter safety, the Forest Service established a trail and area closure for the area surrounding the fire last week.  The closure remains in effect to protect firefighters and the public
as aircraft continues to drop water on the fire.  Due to the steepness of the terrain where the fire is burning, firefighters cannot directly engage with the fire.  The fire is expected to continue to burn for the foreseeable future. 
The Mt. Hood National Forest will continue to reevaluate the closure to determine when it is safe to allow people into the area again.  

“It is a difficult balancing act,” says Janeen Tervo, Hood River District Ranger, regarding the desire to allow visitors to access and enjoy this very popular trail while also providing for public and firefighter safety with an active fire burning on the cliffs just west of the fire.    

The Indian Creek Fire started at 5:30 p.m. on July 4 near Seven and a Half Mile Camp (7.5 miles south of the Eagle Creek Trailhead) on Mt. Hood National Forest.  The fire has not been contained, but also has not spread since July 5.  It is smoldering in heavy dead and down vegetation on steep terrain. 
The cause of the fire has not been determined.

The Forest Service issued a trail and area closure order on July 5, 2017 for the area surrounding the fire, including Eagle Creek Trail #440, from the boundary with Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness (to the north) to its terminus at the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail.
This means that Punch Bowl Falls and High Bridge are still open; however, Tunnel Falls is closed. The closure includes adjacent trails Eagle Benson #434, Indian Springs Trail #435, Eagle Tanner Trail #433 and Tanner Butte Trail, south of Tanner Butte.  Signs are posted informing visitors that
these trails are closed. The nearby Pacific Crest Trail remains open.

A map of the Indian Creek Fire Closure can be found online at:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd549164.pdf