Hot, dry and gusty east winds have fanned the flames of the Eagle Creek Fire, which is now rapidly moving west, swelling to 10,000 acres (currently). The fire has “jumped” the Columbia River, and has sparked several new fires on the Washington side, as well. I-84 has been closed to all public traffic.
Sheriff’s offices in Multnomah and Hood River Counties have issued Level 3 (Go!) evacuations for Larch Mountain and the communities of Dodson, Warrendale, Latourell, Bridal Veil, East Corbett, and everything south of I-84 in Cascade Locks. The number of towns on this list are growing by the hour. Many more are under a Level 2 (Be Ready) evacuation status. A number of evacuation shelters have been established at a number of local community colleges and fairgrounds.
InciWeb (Incident Information System) reports that a “A thermal trough will continue with hot, dry and unstable conditions with east winds overnight and through tomorrow.”
I’m a local chef, who grew up and went to school in the gorge, and I’m volunteering to help feed folks displaced by the fire, and/or fire fighters and volunteers. Food prep, serving, washing dishes, wherever I’m needed. Right now it looks like I will be in Washougal, at the evacuation center, as early as tomorrow to help establish an on-site kitchen, then moving on to Cascade Locks to help feed the fire crews through the weekend.
With the MY KITCHEN cargo van, I can do pick up and/or deliveries of food or supplies, we well.
If you would like to help me out with gas, supplies, and donations to the emergency shelters I’m working with, etc., please make donations via PayPal* to: firstname.lastname@example.org
*You do not need a PayPal account to donate. Tax-deductible donation receipts are available on request. Any funds not used to cover costs will be donated to the locations I’m volunteering at.