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.)
- Eastbound Interstate-84 has reopened in both directions.
- The Historic Columbia River Highway is closed from the junction of Highway 30 and East Larch Mountain Road east to Hood River.
- Larch Mountain Road is closed from mile point 6 to Sherrard Point.
- Multnomah Falls and Multnomah Falls Lodge are closed to the public for the foreseeable future.
- 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 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
- 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-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.