Gorge trails reopen as crews battle wildfire

By Eric Florip, Columbian Transportation & Environment Reporter



A pair of Columbia River Gorge trails closed since Monday have reopened as crews battle a nearby wildfire, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The Dog Mountain and Augspurger trails had been closed since Monday due to the nearby Dog Falls fire, burning above state Highway 14 about 50 miles east of Vancouver. Officials announced the trails’ reopening early Thursday. The 3.5-acre fire is now 70 percent contained, according to the forest service.

Difficult terrain and high winds have made fighting the fire a challenge at times this week, according to the forest service.

The fire is located near milepost 56, west of Dog Creek, according to the forest service.