There are few places in the Pacific Northwest more cherished than the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and when the Eagle Creek fire began to spread through the beloved area on Sept. 2, 2017, first responders and nature-lovers sprang to action.
Officials are urging people to stay away from the area while firefighters work to contain the fire — but there are still plenty of ways to help. Read below for more information and resources.
Fire facts and resources
According to the U.S. Forest Service (as of Sept. 24), the Eagle Creek fire has spread across 48,668 acres (19,695 hectares) and is 46% contained. (Several other fires are burning around the state; visit Travel Oregon for the latest wildfire and smoke conditions.) Nearly six inches (15 cm) of rain has fallen over the fire in areas of higher elevation, helping to cool “hot spots” and slow the fire’s growth.
- Eastbound Interstate-84 has reopened, but is restricted to a single lane east of Cascade Locks.
- There is no public access to the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area; all trails, roads and sites are closed.
Local news coverage
Official resources for wildfire updates
- Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office
- Northwest Interagency Coordination Center
- InciWeb: Eagle Creek fire
- Friends of the Columbia River Gorge: Trail alerts
- Columbia Gorge Wildfire: Animal Rescue
- Hood River County Sheriff’s Office
How to help from anywhere
Donate to local nonprofits
When donating to the American Red Cross online, you can designate your donation to the “Local Red Cross.” You can also donate by phone using the dedicated line for Oregon wildfires: 503.528.5634.
You can also donate to the PNW Outdoor Women’s two verified GoFundMe campaigns:
- The Oregon donation page benefits the Oregon Volunteer Firefighter Association.
- The Washington donation page supports the Washington State Firefighters Association Incorporated.
Shop for the cause
Proceeds from MapleXO’s $10 Support the Gorge pin will go toward wildfire relief efforts. The Oregon state-shaped pins come in black and white or multicolored, and have a tree-shaped cutout in the center. Fun fact: The pins (and all MapleXO accessories) are made from recycled skateboards.
Portland-based sportswear brand Grafletics is donating 100% of the sales of their $28 eclipse-themed Mt. Hood baseball caps to Friends of the Columbia Gorge.
When you buy Portland Gear’s “City Amongst the Trees” tote bag, every cent of your $15 purchase will go to Trail Keepers of Oregon, which promotes trail stewardship, forest education and advocacy.