How can I help? Ways to support Columbia River Gorge as crews fight Eagle Creek Fire

More than 600 firefighters are working to contain the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge. They're also taking precautionary measures to protect structures near the fire. Photo courtesy Multnomah County Communications

CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. – Hundreds of people have contacted the KATU Newsroom asking how they can help firefighters and evacuees of the Eagle Creek fire.

Evacuees, firefighters and SAR crews

Fire crews have sufficient water and other supplies for now. Officials also said that people showing up to volunteer without planning ahead could interfere with their efforts.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said they're still assessing the needs of the community, but you are welcome to donate to the American Red Cross/Red Cross Cascades Region who is managing the evacuation shelter at Mt. Hood Community College.

The Hood River Sheriff’s office said anyone interested in volunteering or donating can call 541-387-7035.

Crews in Skamania County are fighting the 120-acre Archer Mountain Fire across the Columbia River. They are accepting funds to help with evacuations/Red Cross efforts. Call 509-427-3980 for more information.

The Wildland Firefighter Foundation also helps take care of firefighters' families in immediate need of assistance.

Hood River County Search & Rescue helped save more than 150 hikers stranded on the trail when the fire broke out Saturday. You can send donations to help their future efforts at any U.S. Bank branch or can be delivered or mailed to: 601 State Street, Hood River, OR 97031.

Animal care

Multnomah County Animal Services has stepped in to take care of pets and livestock evacuated by the fire.

They are accepting volunteers and donations, however they ask that you coordinate with their team before heading out.

Rebuilding the Columbia Gorge

The group Friends of the Columbia Gorge is accepting donations that go to help restoration efforts after the fire is out. You can learn about becoming a member of the group on their website.

Rideshare company Lyft’s Portland office said they will be matching the tips their drivers receive on Friday, September 8, and donating the money to the Friends of the Columbia Gorge. They pledged to donate up to $10,000 through the fundraiser.

“We know our drivers and passengers want to help the communities in Columbia River Gorge,” said Nathan Lawless, Market Manager for Lyft Portland. “By partnering with Friends of the Gorge, we’re hoping to support the restoration efforts after the Eagle Creek Fire and long-term stewardship of this natural treasure.”

Another way people can help the communities impacted by the fire is by supporting the local businesses of the Columbia River Gorge - both now and once the fire is out.

Oregon State Police said they believe the fire was started Saturday by a 15-year-old who might have been lighting off fireworks along the Eagle Creek Trail. They are seeking any witnesses to send them video or photos of the suspect and his group.

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