The view of Oregon’s landmark Multnomah Falls was obstructed Wednesday afternoon by a horizontal surge of water. That water, in this case, was coming from Portland and Gresham fire trucks.
There was concern over what the Eagle Creek Fire burning thousands of acres in the Columbia River Gorge could do to one of the state’s iconic tourist destinations.
Fire officials said they knew they had to protect Multnomah Falls.
It was a multi-agency effort. Fire trucks and fire equipment from Tualatin Valley and Forest Grove joined Portland’s crews in the parking lot where, at this point in the summer, tourists and visitors would typically pack in to witness the beauty of Oregon’s tallest waterfall.
“[This] is very very near and dear to all of us Oregonians, and we knew we needed to get the right crews in here the right resources in here to protect it,” said Lt. Rich Tyler with the state Fire Marshal’s Office.
As crews walked through the falls eerily clear of tourists, fire information officer Damon Simmons said he was hopeful the falls will survive the fire.
“The biggest takeaway is it’s still Mutnomah Falls — it’s still green,” he said. “It makes me think everything’s going to be OK.”