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Milo McIver reopens to tenting and day use two weeks after 15 acre hearth

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ESTACADA Ore. (KPTV) — Milo McIver State Park has reopened its campground after a fire that burned 15 acres two weeks ago.

Earlier this week, park officials reopened the daytime area to the public, including the lookout, dog park, riding area, Lake Estacada and the upper boat dock.

Milo McIver reopens for camping and day use two weeks after the 15-acre fire.(KPTV)

Despite the recent reopening, some areas of the park remain closed:

  • Riverbend’s day-use area, including hiking trails, picnic shelters, restrooms, a disc golf course and a primitive boat launch, is closed to allow crews to identify and work on multiple hotspots in the burned area. There is also no electricity or water due to a power outage.
  • The Kingfisher group camp and picnic shelter are closed due to a power outage.
  • The Viewpoint Trail is closed due to fire damage.

The Oregon Park and Recreation Department said Friday the Riverbend daytime area will reopen once firefighters have finished and either power is restored or the park has installed portable toilets.

Milo McIver reopens for camping and day use two weeks after the 15-acre fire.(KPTV)

“If they hadn’t been there to help people, as safely as they did, we could have lost lives,” said Lisa Sumption, director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The fire at Milo McIver State Park started around 9 p.m. on September 9. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.