The federal team that manages the country’s most complex wildfires took over the 33,000-acre fire on Saturday, Sept. 9. They will lead the meeting, joined by fire crews and 25 other agencies, nonprofits and volunteer organizations that have been supporting the community since the fire raced down the Gorge Sept. 4.
The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at the McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheatre, 2126 SW Halsey St., in Troutdale. Russian, Spanish and American Sign Language interpreters will be available.
It’s a chance for neighbors, some who’ve been under evacuation for days, to ask questions about the response thus far, the security of their neighborhoods, and the outlook for when they might be able to return home. The meeting is among a series with neighbors in Multnomah and Hood River counties. Officials will meet later Monday with neighbors in Cascade Locks.
On Sunday, fire officials said damp weather and lighter winds helped keep the fire in check and give crews more time to dig containment lines near threatened structures. But they said there was no estimate yet for when neighbors might be able to come home.
Crews are still working to address hot spots in burned-out zones near structures. Warmer weather forecast this week, along with more volatile winds, could test those protective measures.