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 , the Eagle Creek fire was 100% contained on Nov. 30, 2017 after spreading across 48,831 acres (19,761 hectares) of land.
- The Historic Columbia River Highway is partially closed from Troutdale west to Bridal Veil and fully closed from Bridal Veil east to Hood River.
- Larch Mountain Road is closed from mile point 6 to Sherrard Point.
- Access to Multnomah Falls is limited. (Multnomah Falls Lodge has reopened)
- There is no public access to the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area in the following areas: east of the Sandy River Delta, north of the National Scenic Area boundary and west of Hood River. All trails, roads and sites in those areas are closed.
As of Jan. 3, 2018:
- All Hood River County Parks have fully reopened
- The following five Oregon State Parks have fully reopened:
- Lewis & Clark State Park
- Dabney State Park
- Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint
- Guy W. Talbot State Park
- Rooster Rock State Park
- Portland Women’s Forum State Scenic Viewpoint
- Mt. Hood Scenic Byway
- Starvation Creek State Park is partially open, but has no trail access
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.
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 artist Michele Maule is donating 25% of proceeds from sales of her $20 Multnomah Falls print to Friends of the Columbia Gorge.