Oregon Wildfire Information
Wildfire & Travel Conditions
Is it safe for visitors to travel to Oregon?
Travel Oregon’s first priority is for the safety of all of our residents and visitors. Oregon is a large state and we are certainly welcoming visitors. For your safety, please consult official resources prior to undertaking travel plans to ensure access to your destination is safe and advisable.
For up-to-date travel alerts, please visit: https://traveloregon.com/travel-alerts/
Eagle Creek Fire
On the afternoon of Sept. 2, 2017, a wildfire erupted along the very popular Eagle Creek trail near Cascade Locks, Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. While the fire caused significant damage to many trails, the Columbia River Gorge is a resilient place and the communities will restore, rebuild and rejuvenate the Columbia River Gorge.
What trails remain closed?
Due to hazards from the Eagle Creek Fire, many areas of the Columbia River Gorge remain closed to protect public safety. Numerous trails between Wyeth and Troutdale in Oregon are closed because of Fire.
An up-to-date list of trail closures can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/crgnsa/alerts-notices, https://gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/trail-alerts.html,
What trails are currently open?
While some of your favorite Columbia River Gorge trails may be closed, there are still dozens of spectacular opportunities for new outdoor adventures. Here is an up-to-date list of trails that remain open: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/crgnsa/home/?cid=FSEPRD561601, https://gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/columbia-gorge-hiking-opportunities.html
Is the Historic Columbia River Highway/Multnomah Falls Open?
As of Nov. 21, 2017, transportation officials say that a six-mile stretch that runs between Larch Mountain Road and Bridal Veil will reopen soon, including Multnomah Falls.
Are there any areas of the state travelers should avoid visiting, or alternative routes to consider when traveling across the state?
As of Nov. 21, eastbound Interstate 84 travelers continue to be diverted onto the westbound lanes near milepost 52, which is near Shellrock Mountain, to provide a buffer from hazards in the area. Motorists continue east on the westbound lanes for 1.2 miles before heading back onto the eastbound lanes. Please visit the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) website for current information on travel and safety conditions.
Before venturing out, check these resources for the most up-to-date information on current wildfire conditions:
Hood-Gorge.com — Information and resources about the region
Friends of the Gorge Travel Resources — FAQ about the Eagle Creek Fire and how you can help
Ready, Set, GOrge – Trip planning resource to help ensure a safe, sustainable and enjoyable time in the Gorge
Northwest Interagency Coordination Center — Interactive map depicting fire incidents
Oregon Department of Forestry — Current and historical Oregon wildfire information
TripCheck — Interactive map featuring current road conditions, closures and delays
Oregon Smoke Information — Blog reporting on Oregon smoke forecasts and air quality updates
Keep Oregon Green — Fire prevention tips
Red Cross — How to donate to relief efforts in Oregon
Travel Oregon Contact:
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