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Gorge Fire Update: Thurs 9/14, 4:00pm

Tribal Fishery:

The current tribal fishery closes tomorrow at 6:00 pm. Please be sure to plan accordingly and give plenty of time to remove gear from the river. If you do not have access to the river or cannot access it safely before the fishery closure, please contact CRITFE for assistance.

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.

CRITFE will be on the river for the fishery closure. They may be available to assist tribal fishers in emergency situations. Please contact CRITFE for questions or assistance.

Evacuations

ALERT! Wyeth to Viento State Park is at EVACUATION LEVEL 3 (GO!). This decision was made by the Fire Management Team, including the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, because of increased fire activity in the Herman Creek drainage and areas further east including the ridgelines above Wyeth.

I-84, Forest Lane, and Herman Creek Road (AKA Wyeth Road) are CLOSED. There is no road access in to or out of Wyeth TFAS. Please avoid the area. River access remains open at Cascade Locks, Stevenson, Cook Landing, and Drano Lake.

Tribal fishers using the Wyeth site should use alternative sites on the Washington shore. Best options for evacuee camping sites may be Home Valley State Park and Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson.

ALERT! Viento State Park to Country Club Road in Hood River is at EVACUATION LEVEL 2 (BE SET!). Make preparations to leave at a moment’s notice.

ALERT! The west side of Hood River between Country Club Road to Highway 35 is at EVACUATION LEVEL 1 (BE READY!). Be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Cascade Locks has been downgraded to EVACUATION LEVEL 2. Local officials will be coordinating the reentry process. Please remain aware of fire activity and be prepared to evacuate once again.

If you need assistance or transportation to safely evacuate, please contact CRITFE at 541-386-6363.

Air Operations:

Air operations continue to water from the Columbia River for firefighting efforts. Please give aircraft a wide berth and stay 500 yards away from firefighting aircraft.

Air Quality:

High levels of smoke in the Gorge continue to create human health hazards. Please use a mask and avoid prolonged exposure to the smoke and haze. Outdoor vigorous or strenuous activity should be avoided. 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.

I-84:

I-84 is still closed from Hood River to Troutdale. There is no timeline for reopening the highway to the general public. The increased fire activity from Herman Creek eastward will restrict local access to I-84 from Hood River to Cascade Locks. These restrictions are necessary to accommodate fire operations, including back-burning, that have now moved upstream of Cascade Locks.

Impacts to Tribal Fishery:

CRITFC is currently trying to understand the impacts of the Eagle Creek Fire to the tribal fishery. Please document fishing and marketing difficulties you have experienced as a result of the fire. This could be things like limited access to fishing sites, difficulty selling catch or getting fish to market, or any other challenges you have faced. Your notes will be helpful in future assessments of fire consequences.


LEVEL 3: A Level 3 Evacuation means “GO” Evacuate NOW
LEAVE IMMEDIATELY!
Danger to your area is current or imminent and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.
THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE
Entry to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe.
Area radio and TV stations have been asked to broadcast periodic updates.

LEVEL 2: A Level 2 Evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.
YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE
This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

LEVEL 1: A Level 1 Evacuation means “BE READY” for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

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