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Eagle Creek Fire meetings held this week to discuss restoration, how you can help

Multnomah Falls - Photos from the US Forest Service

As fire crews continue to monitor the more than 48,800-acre Eagle Creek Fire, some focus is shifting toward restoration and repair in the Columbia River Gorge.

The U.S. Forest Service and other agencies plan to hold two meetings this week to discuss their response to burned areas. Additionally, the Mt. Hood Chapter of the Pacific Crest Trail Association is planning to train volunteers to help restore the Gorge.

The wildfire broke out on September 2 when investigators say they believe a 15-year-old threw fireworks from the Eagle Creek Trail. Fueled by summer heat and gusts through the Gorge, the fire quickly spread to several other iconic landmarks in the area, including Multnomah Falls, Oneonta Gorge, and the historic Columbia River Highway.

The National Forest Foundation has stepped in to help the Forest Service with restoration efforts. Officials said restoration efforts will likely take years to complete, and will require volunteer assistance.

The meetings being held this week are scheduled for

  • Tuesday, October 17, 6:00 pm, Port of Cascade Locks Pavilion, 427 Portage Road in Cascade Locks.
  • Wednesday, October 18, 6:00 pm, Hood River Middle School Auditorium, 1602 May Street, in Hood River

If you are unable to attend one of the meetings, there are also several projects that the public can do to help through the National Forest Foundation.

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