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ODOT Expects I-84 Eastbound Lanes To Re-Open Saturday

OPB | Sept. 22, 2017 5:13 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Department of Transportation says the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 will likely re-open Saturday.

local | Transportation | News

I-84 Eastbound Could Be Open Again By Sunday Night

OPB | Sept. 21, 2017 4:22 p.m. | Portland

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 along the Columbia River Gorge could be open as early as Sunday evening or Monday morning.

local | Environment | News

Rain, Snow Begin The End Of Several Oregon Wildfires

Statesman Journal | Sept. 19, 2017 3:10 p.m.

As heavy rain turned to snow in Oregon’s high elevations Tuesday, fire crews prepared to wind down operations on multiple wildfires across the state.

local | Environment | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Rainfall Could Oust Eagle Creek Fire — And Start Landslides

OPB | Sept. 16, 2017 2:01 p.m. | Portland

While fire crews are anticipating significant rainfall beginning Saturday evening to help with suppression efforts, they’re concerned for landslides.

local | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Interstate 84 Westbound Lanes Re-Open Amid Eagle Creek Fire

OPB | Sept. 14, 2017 6:34 p.m. | Portland

After prolonged closures from the Eagle Creek Fire, the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 opened Thursday evening between Hood River and Troutdale.

local | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Winter Rains Could Lead To More I-84 Closures After Eagle Creek Fire

OPB | Sept. 14, 2017 10:14 a.m. | Troutdale, Oregon

ODOT officials said Thursday that woes about the closure of Interstate 84 could continue well into this winter.

local | Education | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Hood River County Works To Keep Kids In School During Wildfire

OPB | Sept. 13, 2017 2:59 p.m.

Hood River County teachers and administrators have been working to keep students in school as firefighters attempt to contain the Eagle Creek Fire.

Health | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Unhealthy Air Quality From Wildfires Persists Across Much Of Oregon

OPB | Sept. 13, 2017 2:54 p.m. | Portland

Many Oregonians have been living in smoky conditions from wildfires for weeks.

local | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Some Residents Allowed To Return Home During Eagle Creek Fire

OPB | Sept. 13, 2017 1:07 p.m. | Portland

Fire containment numbers have increased to 13 percent as about 100 families are allowed to return home. 

Environment | Forestry | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Eagle Creek Fire Puts Popular Gorge Trails Off Limits Until Spring

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 13, 2017 11:45 a.m.

Some of the most popular hiking trails in the Columbia River Gorge are inside the perimeter of the Eagle Creek wildfire. Officials say that means they’ll be closed for at least six months.

Nation | local | Environment | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Eagle Creek Fire Brings Together Local, State, Federal Leaders

OPB | Sept. 9, 2017 4:53 p.m. | Troutdale, Oregon

The fire brought together a run of show that included local, state and federal leaders talking about the lessons that can be learned from the fire burning in the Columbia River Gorge.

local | Politics | Environment | News | Forestry

Walden Introduces Bill To Expedite Reforestation In The Gorge

OPB | Sept. 9, 2017 9:29 a.m. | Portland

Oregon Republican Congressman Greg Walden said he wants to expedite salvage and reforestation projects in the Columbia River Gorge.

local | Environment | Economy | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Hood River's Smoky Week Slowed Business, Shuttered Schools

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017 6:38 p.m. | Hood River, Oregon

Smoke and lack of interstate access caused by the Eagle Creek Fire has hurt Hood River's businesses and schools.

Nation | local | Politics | News

Herrera Beutler Casts Lone NW Vote Against Spending Agreement

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017 3:56 p.m. | Portland

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., votes against hurricane aid and more because it included an increase in the federal debt limit.

local | Environment | News | Water | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Why The Eagle Creek Fire Is A Major Threat To Portland's Drinking Water

OPB | Sept. 7, 2017 5:07 p.m. | Portland

Of all the resources threatened by the Eagle Creek Fire, the Bull Run watershed may be the most critical. It's the drinking water source for about 1-in-4 Oregonians, and it's uniquely vulnerable to a fire.

local | Environment | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Western Wildfire Funding Attached To Hurricane Harvey Relief Bill

OPB | Sept. 7, 2017 4:01 p.m. | Portland

As big fires batter Oregon, the state's U.S. senators make the case for more federal help.

local | Transportation | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Fire Closes Portion Of I-84 Through Weekend, Possibly Longer

OPB | Sept. 7, 2017 3:15 p.m. | Troutdale, Oregon

The Oregon Department of Transportation said Thursday it will keep Interstate 84 closed between Troutdale and Hood River at least through the weekend because of the Eagle Creek Fire.

local | History | News

A Misplaced Firework Created The Town Of Cascade Locks 80 Years Ago

OPB | Sept. 7, 2017 3:13 p.m. | Cascade Locks, Oregon

An Oregon town created by a firework 80 years ago almost burned this week by a wildfire started with a firework.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News | local | Northwest Wildfires 2017

'Herman The Sturgeon' Survives Stabbing, Kidnapping, And Now Wildfire

OPB | Sept. 6, 2017 5:44 p.m.

A beloved 79-year old sturgeon has survived a wildfire that forced the evacuation of the Bonneville Fish Hatchery.

local | Environment | News

More Than 500,000 Acres Have Burned In Oregon So Far This Year

OPB | Sept. 6, 2017 3:51 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Wildfires have consumed more than a half-million acres in Oregon so far this year.