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Benson Bridge reopens at Multnomah Falls

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- The historic Benson Bridge reopened Thursday for the first time since the Eagle Creek Fire erupted in September 2017.

The bridge is located between upper and lower Multnomah Falls.

"We're excited to reconnect visitors with one of Oregon's favorite selfie sites. Please stay on the trail and respect fences and closures for your safety and that of first responders," said Lynn Burditt, area manager for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

While the bridge is now open, the remainder of the Larch Mountain Trail remains closed due to the damage it sustained by the 48,000-acre fire.

Many road and trail closures still remain in effect near Multnomah Falls due to damage of ongoing hazards. Some of them include Angels Rest Trail, Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area, George W. Joseph State Natural Area, most segments of the Gorge 400 and Historic Highway State Trails as well as all Forest Service system trails south of I-84 in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

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