Thunder Island Brewing & Cascade Locks Launch Business Relief Effort in The Gorge

Small businesses in Cascade Locks have launched a digital cash mob campaign via, Participating businesses are selling gift certificates in an online marketplace to customers and supporters who wish to help from afar. While Cascade Locks remains in a Level 2 evacuation zone, businesses are hoping to bring in much needed revenue through the #CascadeLocksStrong campaign while I-84 eastbound remains closed. Meanwhile, Thunder Island Brewing in Cascade Locks has launched a GoFundMe campaign for local firefighters fighting the Eagle Creek fire.

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The Eagle Creek wildfire has impacted communities throughout the Gorge, with Cascade Locks, Oregon being the hardest hit. Hundreds of families received mandatory (Level 3) evacuation notices since the fire started, with some returning home two days ago and many still displaced. Now in a Level 2 evacuation zone, residents and businesses are instructed to be ready leave at a moment’s notice. Businesses have been unexpectedly been closed for nearly two weeks during what should be the busiest time of the year. The sudden closure over Labor Day weekend has caused business owners to scramble to keep staff employed while also bracing for a slow winter and spring while the region recovers from the 41,000 acre fire.

Even though businesses have closed their doors to the public since Sunday Sept 3rd, many businesses in Cascade Locks have been finding ways to utilize their perishable inventory and have been actively facilitating donations coming into Cascade locks by delivering hot meals to first responders. According to Cascade Locks Ale House owner Shelley James, “The community that I call home is amazing. Donations brought in by everyone’s combined efforts are what made this such a successful effort. We are so thankful for all the donations love and support that we have received to help keep these firefighters fueled.”

About Cascade Locks Strong. Cascade Locks Strong is a partnership of businesses affected by the Eagle Creek Fire in Cascade Locks, Oregon. Visit for more information.

Michael Perozzo
Michael Perozzo

Michael Perozzo is a life-long resident of Southwest Washington and father of 4. At his day job, he leads a digital marketing and graphic design team supporting food/beverage clients at ZZEPPELIN. Michael helped start Brewcouver – the passport to Vancouver’s breweries – and co-founded NorthBank Beer Week. He also manages beer buying for the Vancouver Brewfests and helped create Brewing Bridges Collaboration Fest. Portland Trail Blazers fans may remember him as DarthBlazer circa 2008-2012.