Forest service crews working to combat flames from the south, recreation sites remain closed to public

COURTESY PHOTO: U.S. FOREST SERVICE - The Rim Fire has grown to 250 acres overnight. While the Eagle Creek Fire still rages in the Columbia River Gorge, U.S. Forest Service officials are battling other fires elsewhere, including the Rim Fire on the Mt. Hood National Forest.

The Rim Fire was discovered in the Barlow Ranger District of the forest on Saturday, Sept. 2, and as of today, Wednesday, Sept. 6, it has consumed 250 acres.

Forest officials on Tuesday closed and evacuated several camping areas near the fire, including Clear Creek Crossing Campground, Keep's Mill Campground, McCubbin Gulch Campground and trail, Spring Drive Campground, Forest Creek Campground and White River Station Campground.

The forest service also closed Road 43 from Highway 26 to its intersection with Road 48. Areas east of Road 43 and south of Road 48 are closed to the south to the boundary of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation and road. Road 48 is still open.

A recent post from the Forest Service said crews are actively "doing burn-out operations establishing an anchor point using heavy equipment, and prepping the 4330 road to prepare for a direct attack on the south end of the fire."

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