Oregon wildfire closes nearly 45 miles of Interstate 84

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 9/5/2017

After one of the costliest hurricanes in U.S. history struck Texas, Mother Nature is hard at work on the West Coast. Portions of Interstate 84 are closed in the Columbia River Gorge area in Oregon as the Eagle Creek Fire burns down thousands of acres in the area.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, I-84 remains closed in both directions between Exit 17 in Troutdale and Exit 62 at Hood River. ODOT has established the following detours:

  • The new detour for westbound motor carriers has trucks using U.S. 197 from The Dalles south to OR 216 to U.S. 26 west back to I-84.
  • The new detour for eastbound motor carriers is the reverse: U.S. 26 east to OR 216, to U.S. 197 north to I-84 at The Dalles.

ODOT will be using message boards in the area to guide truckers. I-84 will remain closed until officials have deemed the road safe. Washington State Route 14 is open to passenger traffic, but closed to commercial vehicles.

In Washington, all vehicles over 10,000 GVW are prohibited on eastbound SR 14 between Washougal (milepost 19) and U.S. 197 in Dallesport (milepost 84). Freight haulers should plan an alternate route. There is no estimate for lifting the restrictions.

According to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, the Eagle Creek Fire was reported on Saturday, Sept. 2, in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Within the first day, the fire grew to 3,000 acres. As of press time, the fire is at nearly 5,000 acres. NWCG does not expect full containment of the wildfire until Sept. 30.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon has issued a Level 3 evacuation order for Larch Mountain, Dodson, Warrendale, Latourell, Bridal Veil and East Corbett. In Hood River County, Ore., Level 3 evacuations are set for everything south of I-84 in Cascade Locks.

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