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 (as of Oct. 21, 2017), the Eagle Creek fire covers 48,831 acres (19,761 hectares) and is 50% contained. Rain showers and cooler temperatures have helped minimize fire growth. (Several other fires are burning around the state; visit Travel Oregon for the latest wildfire and smoke conditions.)

Closures

What’s open

As of Oct. 21, 2017:

  • All Hood River County Parks have fully reopened
  • The following five Oregon State Parks have fully reopened:
    • Lewis & Clark State Park
    • Dabney 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-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.

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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