CANYON CITY – A couple hiking in the Strawberry Wilderness just before the Parish Cabin Fire broke out were discovered safe Aug. 30.

“They came out late afternoon,” said Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer.

The husband and wife from Portland were described as skilled hikers in their 40s. There names were not released.

The couple set out on what was to be a six-day hike on Aug. 28.

Their vehicle had been parked near the High Lake trailhead on the south side of Strawberry Mountain.

With the fire burning close by and near the only road out of the area, Forest Service Rd. 1640, authorities had been concerned the couple would get trapped by the blaze.

Palmer said he learned of the couple’s safety around 6 p.m. Thursday.

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