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Gorge Fire Update 5:15pm

TRIBAL FISHERY UPDATE: Eagle Creek/Columbia River Gorge Fire Update 5:15pm

  • Aircraft are getting water from the Columbia River. Please be aware of your surroundings and be on the lookout for low-flying aircraft. Most of this activity is occurring downstream of Bonneville Dam.
  • If you need assistance or transportation during an evacuation situation, please contact CRITFE at 541-386-6363.
  • There may be a navigation safety zone established on the mainstem Columbia River from river mile 126 to river mile 146 (Bonneville Dam). This will allow planes to get water from the Columbia River without interfering with the tribal fishery and without interruption.

—— Please Remember —–

  • If you feel your safety is threatened, please evacuate. Your safety is the highest priority.
  • Be prepared to evacuate. Have your belongings, your boat, and your gear ready to go in a moment’s notice. Human safety is priority one.
  • Current tribal fishing site evacuation levels:
    • Wyeth TFAS: Level 1
    • Cascade Locks: Level 2
  • Sites that may be impacted if wind and fire conditions change:
    • Wind River
    • Cooks
    • North Bonneville
    • Underwood
    • Drano and Stevenson Boat Launches
  • If you must access the Columbia River, consider using access sites on the Washington shore. Boat ramps at Cooks, Wind River, Stevenson, Drano Lake and White Salmon are currently options for tribal fishers needing to access the river or their gear.
  • Smoke and air quality can be dangerous. This is especially important for vulnerable individuals with chronic cardiovascular or pulmonary disease, children, and the elderly. If you feel your health or safety is at risk please evacuate or stay indoors.
  • If you find yourself in an emergency situation, call 911.
  • Tribal fishers needing emergency assistance can contact CRITFE at 541-386-6363.

Evacuation Levels

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.

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 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.

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