Winter Travel Conditions
Oregonians know that winter weather here can change in a minute, so always check road conditions on TripCheck.com before you go. If you know how to drive in the snow (you know who you are), make sure to carry chains and know how to use them. Or, invest in snow tires for the season. See the Oregon Department of Transportation’s tips and handy videos on everything related to winter driving. (Don’t be that person caught on the TV news sliding down an icy hill.)
Is it safe for visitors to travel to Oregon during wildfire season?
Oregon is a big state and we are welcoming visitors. Travel Oregon’s first priority is the safety of our residents and visitors, so we always recommend consulting official resources prior to traveling to ensure access to your destination is safe.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, check out this guide to what you need to know about wildfire season in Oregon.
Are there currently wildfires in Oregon?
For current wildfire information around Oregon and Washington, including an interactive map showing fire incidents, visit NW Coordination Center. Check TripCheck.com for the latest road conditions in Oregon. This interactive map monitors the latest air quality information. Please make informed decisions before traveling.
In July 2019, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area issued restrictions on campfires, smoking, and other activities in National Forest System lands in the Gorge. For more information, visit the US Forest Service.
Thank you to all the firefighters who are working to keep Oregon’s residents and visitors safe.
Is the Historic Columbia River Highway/Multnomah Falls open?
Due to hazards from the Eagle Creek fire of 2017, several areas of the Columbia River Gorge remain closed to protect public safety, including multiple trails between Wyeth and Troutdale. Since then, the Forest Service has reopened the Multnomah Falls trail, as well as the connecting Wahkeena Falls trail loop, but hikers should still heed caution.
Drivers must use caution along the Historic Columbia River Highway. No stopping or parking is allowed on the shoulders. Crews installed no parking signs in places along the highway and put up barricades to keep travelers from using recreation areas that remain closed.
- Shepperd’s Dell Falls trail is closed.
- Trail between Horsetail, Ponytail and Triple Falls: Trail is open only to Ponytail Falls.
- John B. Yeon Trailhead to Elowah Falls, Nesmith Point and Upper McCord Creek Falls is closed.
- Eagle Creek trail to High Bridge, Punchbowl Falls, Tunnel Falls and Wahtum Lake is closed.
Are there any areas of the state travelers should avoid visiting, or alternative routes to consider when traveling across the state?
Please visit the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) website for current information on travel and safety conditions.
Before venturing out, check these resources for the most up-to-date information on current wildfire conditions:
- Ready Set Gorge — Trip planning resource to help ensure a safe, sustainable and enjoyable time in the Gorge
- Northwest Interagency Coordination Center — Interactive map depicting fire incidents
- Oregon Department of Forestry — Current and historical Oregon wildfire information
- TripCheck — Interactive map featuring current road conditions, closures and delays
- Oregon Smoke Information — Blog reporting on Oregon smoke forecasts and air quality updates
- Keep Oregon Green — Fire prevention tips
- Red Cross — How to donate to relief efforts in Oregon
Algae Bloom Advisories
The Oregon Health Authority monitors popular water recreation areas for signs of harmful algae blooms. Check the current map of advisories here.