Eagle Creek Fire

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Wildfires are largely out across the Pacific Northwest, but the economic fallout continues in many communities.

Wildfires closed highways and tourist attractions this summer and fall in places like the Columbia River Gorge and the southern Oregon coast. In Ashland, Oregon Shakespeare Festival director Cynthia Rider said wildfire smoke forced the cancellation of nine outdoor performances. Rider said it’s the fourth year of the past five where that’s been necessary, and she’s worried about the long-term impact to the area’s reputation.


Now that the fall rains have begun, the fire danger at Multnomah Falls has declined. But Oregon’s popular gem still won’t open anytime soon. The famous landmark sees more than 2 million visitors per year according to the U.S. Forest Service. But it’s been closed since the massive wildfires hit the Columbia River Gorge in September.

Fire Season Winding Down With First Day Of Fall

Sep 22, 2017

With the first day of fall, fire season seems to be winding down, but hundreds of crews are still at work in Oregon, Washington and Idaho shoring up fire lines.


Oregon officials are moving more than 1 million salmon from a hatchery that’s threatened by the Eagle Creek Fire.

One of Boeing Defense subsidiary Insitu's 45-pound high-tech unmanned aircraft joined the fight against the Eagle Creek fire this weekend.

Gorge Fire Keeps I-84 Closed, But River Opens

Sep 11, 2017

The Columbia River Gorge continues to burn, but authorities say the weekend weather was favorable.

Wyden Calls For More Fire Prevention Funding

Sep 11, 2017
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  Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden was in the state Friday visiting several wildfires. His stops included touring the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge, and the Jones Fire in Lane County.

Speaking at a press conference, Senator Wyden said lawmakers in Washington need to be doing more to pay for firefighting prevention efforts.

Walden Introduces Bill To Expedite Reforestation In The Gorge

Sep 11, 2017

Oregon Republican Congressman Greg Walden introduced a bill to Congress Friday to expedite salvage and reforestation projects in the Columbia River Gorge and other National Scenic Areas after catastrophic events like the Eagle Creek Fire. That blaze, which ignited Sept. 2, is now the nation's top priority wildfire and is burning more than 33,000 acres in the Gorge.

The Eagle Creek fire has littered a section of Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge with fallen trees and rocks and there are scores more hazard trees that should be cut. 

Oregon's Department of Transportation says will the freeway will stay closed at least through the weekend—possibly longer.

Before the fire, the Skamania County Fairgrounds were empty. Now, the sun-scorched field is full of RVs and tents.

Almost everyone here has been evacuated from Cascade Locks, on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. Others have fled the Archer Mountain Fire, which started when the Eagle Creek Fire jumped the river earlier this week into Washington state.

The Oregon Department of Transportation said Thursday a section of Interstate 84 near the Eagle Creek Fire will remain closed through the weekend — and possibly even longer.

During a tour of fire damage along I-84, ODOT spokesman Dave Thompson said there is no current estimate for when the major east-west highway in the region will reopen.

"I’ve got to say that I- 84 at this moment is a bit of a mess," said Thompson, "just because of the number of tress that have fallen, the number of trees that might fall, the number of rocks that are all over the road."

Federal workers say they are trying their best to keep the water flowing and the power going at Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River Gorge despite the wildfires.

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Federal authorities rejected pleas for firefighting help just as wildfire season was heating up according to Oregon Governor Kate Brown.

Washington National Guard soldiers and airmen are being called up to help with the rash of Northwest wildfires. Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency on Saturday because of wildfires, which cleared the way for the activation of the Guard. 



Investigators have identified a 15 year old male from Vancouver, Washington as a primary suspect in the Eagle Creek Fire burning across more than 32,000 acres in the Columbia River Gorge.

The forest fires raging in the Columbia River Gorge are unlikely to disturb adult coho salmon right now. But Northwest tribal fishers are worried about what will happen in the fall.