Wildfires in the Columbia River Gorge

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

Gorge_ODOTSeveral parks have reopened to hikers in the Columbia River Gorge since the fire began.

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.

Oregon Department of Transportation

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.

Closures

  • 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.

What’s open

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

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.

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.


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