The Eagle Creek Fire was a human-caused fire started September 2, 2017. Though firefighting efforts are now shifting to recovery projects, one thing is very clear: it will take a lot of time, effort, and support to assist in the restoration of this cherished landscape.
The Eagle Creek Fire has encompassing some of the most iconic and beloved recreation sites on the Columbia River Gorge, including Eagle Creek Recreation Area, Multnomah Falls, and the historic Columbia River Highway on the Oregon side. The fire forced evacuations and closed Interstate 84 through in the area.
The National Forest Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service’s Congressional designated partner, has stepped up to offer assistance. To learn more about what you can do to help with the restoration efforts of the Columbia River Gorge as well as other projects throughout the Region, please visit the National Forest Foundations page.
Fighting wildfires continues to consume significant portions of the Forest Service’s annual budget, and this season is proving especially costly. Those expenditures reduce funding for post-fire recovery and other forest management efforts that reduce fire risk, protect watersheds, improve wildlife habitat, and provide accessible recreation opportunities to the public.
For more information please visit the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Eagle Creek Response page.