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Coast Guard reopens Columbia River to all vessel traffic

Smoke from a fire burning above Oneonta Falls in the Columbia River Gorge is visible from Beacon Rock in Washington on Tuesday night, July 11, 2017. (Photo: Adam Clinton Baylor)

PORTLAND - The Coast Guard has decided to suspend the Columbia River safety zone, effective at 6 p.m. on Sunday, reopening the river to all vessel traffic.

While the safety zone will no longer be in effect, the Coast Guard will continue to work with the Eagle Creek Fire Incident Command to ensure the safety of river users and support the response as needed.

The safety zone was originally put into place in response to impacts of the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge.

The safety zone was established to best support incident response operations and to ensure the safety of the boating community.

The Columbia River is an essential commercial waterway for the Pacific Northwest, and is the principle route for vessel traffic to move an annual $29 billion in cargo up and down the multi-state waterway.

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