Wildfire burning near Oneonta Falls in the Gorge

The fire broke out Tuesday night

Eileen Park and KOIN 6 News Staff - CORBETT, Ore. (KOIN) --- About 20 firefighters and a helicopter continued to fight a wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge Wednesday afternoon.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire was reported around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, however, it's unclear when it actually started.

Air support had been called in to assess how far the flames had spread and determined it grew from about a half-acre to 1 acre.

Corbett Fire initially responded to the fire Tuesday night, but the Forest Service quickly brought in crews and took over firefighting efforts. Officials said steep terrain made it difficult for crews to reach the fire.

Due to the fire, the Historic Columbia River Highway is closed between Ainsworth and Bridal Veil, causing hikers visiting from around the world to turn back.

Officials said the highway will be closed for at least another day or two. The fire also caused the closure of nearby trails including Oneonta, Horsetail and Gorge #400, which are expected to remain closed until Friday.

There's no information at this time on how the fire started.

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