Forest Service wants emergency removal of suspension bridge following Eagle Creek Fire

Suspension bridge at Eagle Creek - U.S. Forest Service photo

CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. – Forestry officials are planning the emergency removal of a damaged suspension bridge at Eagle Creek after a damaging wildfire swept through the Columbia River Gorge.

The human-caused Eagle Creek Fire broke out in early September and quickly grew to more than 48,000 acres. Officials said it was considered 100 percent contained last week.

The focus of the fire has pivoted towards restoration efforts, with several agencies working together to clear damage from the Gorge and reopen some of the iconic landmarks and hiking destinations.

On Monday, the U.S. Forest Service identified the suspension bridge at Eagle Creek as a priority.

They say the bridge and cables are hanging near the water and they want to take it down “before it causes more resource damage.”

No word on when the removal process would take place.

The group Friends of the Columbia River Gorge is holding public meetings to inform people about how they can help with restoration and recovery projects in the wake of the Eagle Creek Fire.

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