Columbia Gorge Wildfire Updates 2017

On the afternoon of September 2nd, 2017, a wildfire erupted along the very popular Eagle Creek trail near Cascade Locks, OR in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Due to heavy winds and warm weather, the fire has grown significantly causing evacuations along the Oregon and Washington sides of the western side of the Columbia River Gorge. Right now our thoughts are with the communities in The Gorge feeling the impact of this event and the brave men and women firefighters out there working hard to save our home, businesses, and precious landmarks. 


Below is a list of resources for locals and visitors about the current Eagle Creek fire situation in the Columbia River Gorge. 


Updates on Road Closures, Evacuations, and Shelters:

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office - Evacuation information for the Oregon side of the Gorge

- Map of evacuations in Multnomah County

Hood River County Sheriff's Office - Evacuation information for the Oregon side of the Gorge

Skamania County Sheriff's Office - Evacuation information for the Washington side of the Gorge

Oregon Department of Transportation Road Updates - Tripcheck.com - Latest information on road closures

Washington Department of Transportation Road Updates

Eagle Creek Fire Incident Report

Indian Creek Fire Incident Report

US Forest Service Facebook Page updates on the fire

FAQs about the Fire

Columbia Gorge Express Service cancelled for weekend of September 8-10th


Health/Air Quality:

See more information at http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/ for location-specific weather and air quality information.


Ways to Help Right Now:

The local Cascade Locks brewery, Thunder Island Brewing, started a GoFundMe page to honor our Gorge first responders for their tireless efforts protecting our home with a donation to their respective fire departments.

The group Friends of the Columbia Gorge is accepting donations that go to help restoration efforts after the fire is out. Before a single sapling can be planted or any trails can be rebuilt, plans for restoration and future recreation need to be created, debated and finally implemented. Friends is the only nonprofit organization dedicated entirely to ensuring that the beautiful and wild Columbia Gorge remains a place apart, an unspoiled treasure for generations to come. 

The Wildland Firefighter Foundation helps take care of firefighters' families in immediate need of assistance.

Donate to Cascade Regions Red Cross - they are supporting the evacuation efforts in Oregon.

Hood River locals looking to volunteer or donate, call 541-387-6911 (source: Hood River County Sheriff's Office)

Give back to the Hood River County Search & Rescue team who safely rescued 153 hikers from the Eagle Creek trail. You can send donations to help their future efforts at any U.S. Bank branch or can be delivered or mailed to: 601 State Street, Hood River, OR 97031. Already $30,000 has been raised by Friends of the Gorge for these amazing heros.


Ways to Help in the Recovery and Rehabilitation:

If you are interested in volunteering at a Friends of the Columbia Gorge stewardship work party after fire damage is assessed, please register here

Sign up for future trail work parties with Trailkeepers of Oregon


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