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 CascadeLocksStrong.com for more information.