PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Eagle Creek Fire is still actively burning in the Columbia River Gorge and dozens of homes are still off-limits to their owners.
Fire activity has also forced the Red Cross to move its Stevenson, Washington shelter to Hood River so more than 50 people had to relocate again.
Residents who have been forced from their houses for more than a week now are ready to go home.
“This has been the scariest, most nerve wracking ordeal that I’ve ever gone through and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone else,” Anthony Kreiter, who evacuated from Cascade Locks, said.
Most evacuation notices in Cascade Locks have been downgraded and people have returned home, but Kreiter said he can’t go back yet.
“It’s just real scary wondering what I’m going to do, I’m worried about that,” Kreiter said.
Evacuees were worried this week when notices were posted saying RV campers staying past Friday would have to pay $25 to park. The Red Cross straightened that out, and he’ll be able to stay at no cost.
The Red Cross said 60 people stayed at the Skamania shelter Wednesday night and another 45 stayed at the Multnomah County Shelter. The same services, including meals, snacks, water, and health/emotional services will be available to those staying at the shelters.
“We don’t know how many clients to expect from Hood River or Stevenson,” shelter manager Julia Bishop said. “We start out small and we make the opportunity to expand. We just try to do what we can to make it comfortable and feel like this is a home away from home until they get home.”
The new shelter will be at the Hood River Assembly of God at 979 Tucker Road in Hood River and evacuees with RVs may park at Hood River Port Lot 1 at 1000 E. Port Marina Dr. for free.