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Gorge Fire Update: Sun 9/10, 11am

Tribal Fishery:

The next Zone 6 commercial fishery opens tomorrow (9/11) morning at 6:00 am. Be aware of the continued fire and smoke conditions throughout the Gorge and firefighting efforts that will be occurring from Bonneville Dam to Dog Mountain.

Barges are still operating on the Columbia River so please keep an eye out and use normal precautions.

If you must access the Columbia River in the lower Bonneville Pool, consider using access sites on the Washington shore. Boat ramps at Cooks, Wind River, Stevenson, Drano Lake, and White Salmon are currently accessible for fishers needing to access the river or their gear. Please note that these could change depending on conditions.

Air Operations:

Air operations are getting water from the Columbia River to fight the fire during daylight hours. Air operations could occur anywhere from Bonneville Dam to Dog Mountain. Please be aware of your surroundings and be on the lookout for low-flying aircraft. Give firefighting aircraft a wide berth (500 yards or 5 football fields) while they are operating on the river.

Evacuation Information:

Evacuation levels remain unchanged.

  • Cascade Locks: Evacuation Level 2 (Get Set)
  • Wyeth to Viento State Park: Evacuation Level 2 (Get Set)

There has been some movement on the fire’s east boundary. This movement, combined with increased wind activity out of the west, could result in immediate evacuation notices for some areas including the following sites:

  • Wind River
  • Cooks
  • North Bonneville
  • Underwood
  • Drano and Stevenson boat launches

If you need assistance or transportation during an evacuation situation, please contact CRITFE at 541-386-6363.

Winds:

Ash and embers blowing onto the river are a possibility, particularly in windier conditions. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep a fire extinguisher handy.

Access:

Access across the Bridge of the Gods is being regulated by state WADOT on the Washington side. Tribal fisher access is allowed, so be prepared to show your tribal ID.

Air Quality:

The weekend storm has cleared much of the smoke from the air in the lower Gorge, however other locations may continue to have elevated air quality risks. If you are in an area with unhealthy air quality, please use a mask and avoid prolonged exposure to the smoke and haze. Vulnerable individuals with chronic cardiovascular or pulmonary disease, children, and the elderly should be especially cautious. If you feel the effects of smoke inhalation (nausea, headaches, or respiratory problems) please get inside or visit a medical facility.

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