For more information on the Eagle Creek Fire and other fire incidents in the area, visit the Inciweb page.
Many of the trails and parks in the burned area will be closed until conditions can be deemed safe for visitors. Check the Alerts and Notices page for the latest closures. Luckily, the gorge offers many opportunities to recreate and experience the area. The USFS and Columbia River Gorge Commission, together with Oregon State Parks and Washington State Parks compiled a list of alternative public trails and recreation sites. Friends of the Columbia Gorge also hosts a trails site with plenty of suggestions for a day in the Gorge, like the Hood River Valley Fruit Loop or the Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail. The Dalles Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum and the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson are two more excellent options to experience National Scenic Area. Wherever you choose to visit in the Gorge, make sure you plan ahead with Ready, Set, Gorge!
Looking for ways to help out? Businesses hard hit by the closures and evacuations have created the Cascade Locks Strong campaign. The Mid-Columbia Economic Development District is working on short- and long-term assistance options for businesses. The National Forest Foundation has established the Eagle Creek Restoration Fund to support recovery of the areas impacted by the fire. Funds will be distributed to local organizations and contractors to complete the needed stewardship and restoration work.