Fire Information for the Gorge

How to Report a Wildfire

Call 911 or Columbia Cascade Communication Center (WA-CCC) at (360) 891-5140.

Current Wildfires

Information about active wildfires of significant size and duration in the Columbia River Gorge will be posted on InciWeb. This site also includes nationwide information about active incidents. Please note that rapidly emerging incidents may not yet be listed yet.  

Fire Closures 

No area closures are currently in place due to ACTIVE fires, but a long-term closure remains in effect for trails between Multnomah Falls and Cascade Locks due post-fire hazards caused by the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire.

Help Prevent Wildfire and Follow Fire Restrictions

NEVER bring fireworks or other explosive devices, including sparklers, onto federal lands. These are prohibited by law! 

Campfires are seasonally prohibited in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness and Eagle Creek Trail from June 1 to September 15. Always look for signs and kiosks on site to understand if additional restrictions apply.

The Columbia River Gorge is a major wildland-urban interface, so National Scenic Area does not set Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPLs) the same way that National Forests do. Follow these state fire danger levels and restrictions:

More ways to help prevent wildfire:

  • When smoking, always dispose of cigarette debris in some type of an ashtray.
  • Attend campfires at all times, with water and a shovel nearby. Any time you leave the area, put out the campfire to the point it is cool to the touch. Build campfires only in cleared open areas. Make sure it is DEAD OUT befo reyou leave.
  • Avoid driving and parking in tall grass or on roads with heavy fine fuels accumulations. Exhaust particles, hot exhaust pipes and hot catalytic converters can start grass fires. Maintain proper tire pressure, as exposed wheel rims can throw sparks.

Our Fire Management Program (CGF)

Forest service firefighters conduct a prescribed burn.

The Columbia River Gorge is a challenging and dynamic fire environment. We fight fire aggressively due to the wildland-urban interface, and we have a proactive fuels management program in place. We employ a highly skilled and productive staff of experienced and competent wildland firefighters who follow professional standards. Learn more about our program and how to join the team.

​Firewise Tips for Homeowners

Help reduce the risk of wildfire damage and loss by learning more about the Firewise USA™ program, which provides proven tools and resources to help you minimize your exposure to wildfire hazards.

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