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Gorge Fire Update: Wed 9/6, 6:00pm

Tribal Fishery

The current tribal fishery closes in two days (Friday at 6:00 pm). Please be sure to plan accordingly and give plenty of time to remove gear from the river. If conditions warrant, use a face mask as prolonged smoke exposure, particularly during strenuous activity, can be harmful.

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 gear. Please note that these could change depending on conditions.

Evacuation Information

Evacuation levels remain unchanged.

The incoming storm has reversed the wind direction, now blowing upriver to the east. This could result in immediate evacuation notices for some areas and be problematic for tribal fishers using the following sites so stay alert to announcements and warnings:

  • 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.

Weather

Weather temperatures are cooling and westerly winds and light rain are expected this evening in the Gorge. Gusty winds could be an issue for fire management this evening. The storm system is expected to deliver around a tenth of an inch of rain over a 36-hour period, which will help with firefighting efforts and to wash the smoke and ash from the air in the lower Gorge. Little to no rain is expected past The Dalles.

Air Quality

Smoke and visibility conditions in the Gorge and The Dalles are adverse, creating dangerous human health hazards. Please use a mask and avoid prolonged exposure to the smoke and haze. All 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.

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