The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has lowered the evacuation levels in the areas affected by the Nash Fire. The Level Two evacuation levels for residents and campgrounds around Elk and Hosmer Lakes have been dropped to a Level One tonight. The Level One evacuation levels for the areas surrounding Lava Lake have been dropped altogether.
Meanwhile, in the Columbia River Gorge, ODOT crews continue to cut down trees that were damaged by the Eagle Creek Fire in an effort to reopen I-84, which remains closed tonight between Troutdale and Hood River. The 37,000 acre fire is now 17% contained, but the lasting effects on the Columbia River Gorge will be felt for years to come, with many trails expected to remain closed until next Spring.
As Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel reports, federal lawmakers are pointing to massive wildfires like the Eagle Creek Fire to call for change in the way we manage forests on federal lands.