How to help: Eagle Creek Fire victims

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The Eagle Creek wildfire has caused hundreds of people to evacuate their homes as the fire burned through more than 44,000 acres since it began on Sept. 2.

If you are a resident looking for updates on evacuations in your area, please call 211 or visit 211info.org.

View an interactive map of the evacuation levels

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Multnomah County officials announced shortly after the fire started that they appreciate everyone's good intentions, but they don't have a system in place to receive supplies or donations from individual citizens.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office suggests people donate to the Red Cross or their favorite trusted charity.

Here's a look at some other ways you can help those affected by the fire and those providing assistance to the evacuees.

Fundraisers

Verified GoFundMe campaigns: Two GoFundMe campaigns were created by PNW Outdoor Women, based out of Seattle, to assist the Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Washington State Fire Fighters' Association. PNW Outdoor Women will match donations up to the first $500 through September 19, 2017.

Small businesses in Cascade Locks have launched a campaign via CascadeLocksStrong.com to help businesses impacted by the Eagle Creek Fire. People can buy gift certificates to local businesses that they can use when Interstate 84 reopens in both directions.

And the National Forest Foundation has opened up an Eagle Creek Fire Restoration Fund to help with post-fire projects in the Columbia River Gorge.

More ways to help

Red Cross

How to help: Donate to the American Red Cross at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Financial donations to "Disaster Relief" allows the Red Cross to purchase the exact supplies for the needs of a specific disaster relief operation.

The Red Cross says if you want to help out, the best thing to do is donate on their website. Donating goods or food isn't always as helpful. If you want to volunteer, the Red Cross encourages you to sign up online and receive training instead of just showing up on the spot.

Local agencies

The Hood River County Sheriff's Office tweeted out a number people who want to donate can call. If you want to volunteer or donate to help with the fire efforts, call 541-387-6911.

They are not taking donation items at the sheriff's office.

Multnomah County Emergency Management is not accepting help from individual citizens at this time, but they have set up a call center for those under evacuation orders who need assistance moving farm animals or livestock. Please call 503-823-2323 to request resources.

 

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