Local sports teams and businesses helping those impacted by the Eagle Creek Fire



Local sports teams and businesses helping those impacted by the Eagle Creek Fire

The Eagle Creek wildfire has caused evacuations for hundreds of people affected by the wildfire that has burned more than 10,000 acres since it began Saturday.

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

At this time, Multnomah County said they appreciate everyone's good intentions, but they don't have a need for or a system in place to receive help 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 ways you can help those affected by the fire and those providing assistance to the evacuees.

Red Cross

The Red Cross is operating two shelters throughout the region for anyone displaced by wildfires. More than 160 evacuees are staying at the two shelters in Gresham and Stevenson, as of Tuesday morning.

Shelter locations for those affected by the Eagle Creek Wildfire:
  • Mount Hood Community College, 26000 Southeast Stark Street, Gresham
  • Hegewald Center, 710 Southwest Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, Washington
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 businesses or fundraisers

Portland pro sports teams to host blood drives: The Trail Blazers, Timbers, Thorns, Hops and Winterhawks will hold individual blood drives starting tomorrow to help bring aid to victims of Oregon's wildfires, Hurricane Harvey in Texas and the potential impact of Hurricane Irma in Florida. Each team will hold its own blood drive on a designated day at the Portland American Red Cross headquarters at 3131 North Vancouver Avenue. Here is the schedule:
  • Wednesday, Sept. 6: Hops, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 7: Timbers and Thorns, 80 appointment slots from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 8: Winterhawks, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 9: Trail Blazers, 100 appointment slots from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Donors must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate in the blood drives. Schedule an appointment for a blood donation at redcrossblood.org or text BLOODAPP to 90999.

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