Wildfires in the Columbia River Gorge

Find resources related to the Eagle Creek fire and learn how you can help.

BLM_GorgeFireFire officials working to contain wildfires in Oregon and Washington.

Officials are urging people to stay away from the area while crews work to contain the Eagle Creek fire — but there are still plenty of ways to help.

Bureau of Land Management

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.


Local news coverage

Official resources for wildfire updates

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.

The Friends of the Columbia Gorge offers an FAQ with ways to help, including joining the nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to preserving the Columbia River Gorge.

You can also donate to the PNW Outdoor Women’s two verified GoFundMe campaigns:

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.

Portland artist Michele Maule is donating 50% of proceeds from sales of her $20 Multnomah Falls print to Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

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