Oregon Wildfire Information
Updated: Sept. 19, 2017
This is proving to be a very challenging fire season in Oregon. The wet winter and spring, coupled with a very long dry spell and record-breaking heat, have created an especially volatile wildfire season in the region, mainly in the western part of the state. Several are “complex” fires, in which a number of smaller fires have grown into one large fire, making them more difficult to combat.
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, but for your safety, please consult official resources prior to undertaking travel plans to ensure access to your destination is safe and advisable.
Travel Oregon is in contact with federal, state and local officials in order to provide updated information on our website as it becomes available.
Travel Oregon will be utilizing its Travel Alerts page as the central hub for sharing information.
Read our wildfire Q&A
Active wildfires in Oregon:
Updated fire information:
- Some areas of the state are affected by fire-related road closures.
- For current information on travel and safety conditions, please visit the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Trip Check website: https://www.tripcheck.com/TextPages/RCreport.asp?curRegion=0#.
Health / Air quality:
- Much of the state is impacted by extreme heat and heavy smoke advisories, triggering “red flag” air quality conditions.
- See more information at http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/ and http://www.weather.gov/pqr/ for location-specific weather and air quality information.
- September in Oregon is often dry and hot, and conditions are ideal for new fire starts. Here are some great tips on wildfire prevention: http://keeporegongreen.org/prevent-wildfires/ or https://smokeybear.com/en
Want to help?
- Financial support to voluntary agencies responding to disasters is the most effective way to help people affected by Oregon’s wildfires.
- Cash allows disaster agencies to purchase exactly what is needed.
- Donate to a reputable agency responding to the disaster.
- Individuals who are interested in assisting by making donations of money or materials should contact the American Red Cross, http://www.redcross.org/local/oregon/ways-to-donate/wildfires
Additional information on two fires across the state that have been receiving the most inquiries:
Eagle Creek Fire
- The Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area started on Sept. 2, just south of Cascade Locks and has now burned 48,665 acres and is 46% contained (as of 9/19)
- A combination of successful firefighting efforts and recent rains has allowed fire crews to continue making progress on the fire lines along the west side of the Eagle Creek Fire.
- As of 9/18, all evacuation orders in Multnomah County have been lifted and Hood River County is downgrading evacuation levels
- If you are in the area, The Hood River County Sheriff and Multnomah County Sheriff are the best sources for updated information
- For more visitor information about the Columbia Gorge wildfires, visit http://www.hood-gorge.com/columbia-gorge-wildfire-updates-2017
- To support search and rescue efforts in the region contact https://gorgefriends.org/donate
- To support families that have had to evacuate contact the Cascades Chapter of the Red Cross at: http://www.redcross.org/local/oregon
Chetco Bar Fire
- The Chetco Bar Fire was sparked on July 12 by lightning in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, roughly five miles north of Brookings, and has now burned 190,237 acres and is 68% contained (as of 9/19).
- The Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County is the largest fire burning in Oregon at this time. If you are in the area you are encouraged to monitor the interactive evacuation map for changes and updates: http://arcg.is/2vWQN2N
- For more information and details regarding the closures, please visit the U.S. Forest Service website at http://tinyurl.com/ClosureOrder
- Individuals who are interested in making donations of money to the wildland firefighters, visit: www.wffoundation.org or visit the Chetco Fire Help Page to help the community: https://www.facebook.com/safetycheck/the-chetco-bar-fire-aug21-2017/home/
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