Wildfire & Travel Conditions
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. Wildfires in northern California are causing major closures on I-5 near the Oregon border. Please visit the Visit California website for more information.
Fires can impact air quality in Oregon. This interactive map monitors the latest air quality information.
Campfire and open flames are currently prohibited in some Oregon State Parks. Read more here.
Thank you to all the firefighters who are working to keep Oregon’s residents and visitors safe.
What trails remain closed from last year?
Due to hazards from the Eagle Creek fire of 2017, many areas of the Columbia River Gorge remain closed to protect public safety. Numerous trails between Wyeth and Troutdale in Oregon are closed because of Fire.
Trail closures can be found here:
What trails are currently open?
While some of your favorite Columbia River Gorge trails may be closed, there are still dozens of spectacular opportunities for new outdoor adventures.
Find trails that remain open here:
Is the Historic Columbia River Highway/Multnomah Falls open?
On Wednesday, Nov. 22 a six-mile stretch of the Historic Columbia River Highway that runs between Larch Mountain Road and Bridal Veil reopened. The opening of the roadway from Larch Mountain Road to Bridal Veil now provides access to local businesses and the post office, but restrictions remain on recreation.
While the eminent hazardous trees and rock fall dangers have been mitigated, travelers need to remember that the Gorge is chronically prone to slides and should continue to use caution and respect all closure points and private property boundaries.
Areas along the route are evaluated for hazards on a case-by-case basis. Visitors are reminded to respect private property rights and closures and be aware of the hazards that exist as winter sets in. Fire impacts have heightened these risks. 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.
Here is a look at what’s open and what’s closed in the six-mile stretch:
- Vista House is open. Summer operating hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
- Guy Talbot State Park is open. A short trail leads from the parking area to Latourell Falls.
- Bridal Veil State Park and trail is also open. Hikers should expect winter conditions at both locations.
- The Multnomah Falls Lodge and the Multnomah Falls parking area on I-84 are open, however, the viewing platform and trail remain closed.
- The Pacific Crest Trail, Benson State Recreation Area and several trails reopened on June 14, 2018.
- The Benson Bridge at Multnomah Falls reopened on June 28, 2018, however, the Larch Mountain Trail remains closed.
- Angel’s Rest parking lot and trail are closed.
- Shepperd’s Dell Falls trail is closed.
- The Historic Columbia River Highway remains closed between just east of Bridal Veil and Ainsworth.
Learn more about the planned phased reopening of the historic highway here.
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:
Hood-Gorge.com — Information and resources about the region
Friends of the Gorge Travel Resources — FAQ about the Eagle Creek Fire and how you can help
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
Will road construction affect summer travel?
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.