A year later, Multnomah Falls still holds reminders of last year's Eagle Creek Fire

Photo by KATU's Ric Peavyhouse

It’s a bittersweet weekend as visitors to Multnomah Falls celebrate Labor Day, with reminders of the devastation brought by the Eagle Creek Fire still present along the trails.

Multnomah Falls is considered the most visited recreation site in the Pacific Northwest. And a year ago, fire crews fought hard to protect the iconic site from advancing flames.

Sunday marks a year since the Eagle Creek Fire broke out, burning through nearly 49,000 acres in the Columbia River Gorge.

After the fire, the roughly 90 volunteers with The Trailhead Ambassadors modified their mission.

“The eagle creek fire impacted this program significantly,” said co-founder Lizzie Keenan. “The common question is where can I go.”

The group has been out all summer, staffing spots in eight different locations in the Gorge and Mt. Hood. They give people directions, and recommend other spots in the area.

“We’re up at Trillium Lake, Mirror Lake, Starvation Creek. They’re just so immensely grateful that someone can tell them what’s going on,” said Keenan.

Their job is almost done this year, but they’ll be back next year with new information as the Gorge continues its recovery from the flames.

The fire burned for nearly 3 months. We later learned a teen from Vancouver sparked it with a firework.

A judge ordered that teen to pay a portion of $36 million through a payment plan.

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