Oregon Fires

Smoky Skies Halt Outdoor Dining In Portland—But For How Long?

Restaurants and food carts are facing tough calls about whether to remain open, temporarily close, or move things indoors.

09/17/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton and Ainslee Dicken

Q&A

An OSU Professor Breaks Down Climate Change and the Future of Wildfires in the West

“Looking at fire seasons in the west over the past five to 10 years, it’s likely to be like this or to get worse as climate continues to change.”

09/17/2020 By Gabriel Granillo

Wildfire Aid

Some of the Portland Restaurants, Pop-Ups, and Food Carts Helping Those Affected by Wildfires

Even while the foodservice industry faces a crisis of its own, many businesses are stepping up to help.

09/16/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Wildfires

Thinking About Leaving Portland to Escape The Smoke? You’re Not Alone

But officials would prefer that you stay home, to keep roads and hotels clear.

09/15/2020 By Morgan Westling

Essay

Watching My Home State Burn

For those of us who love Oregon, this is a time of grief.

09/15/2020 By Eden Dawn

Health

Please, We Beg You, Go Get a Flu Shot*

*As soon as it's safe to leave your house, that is

09/14/2020 By Riley Blake

Wildfires

"Where Will We Go?"

With wildfires spreading quickly around Oregon, we hear from evacuated residents who wonder if there are any safe havens left.

09/11/2020 By Riley Blake

Air Quality

What’s Canceled, Closed, Postponed, or in Limbo Due to the Oregon Wildfires?

The city itself isn’t burning, but smoke in the air is affecting everything from outdoor movies to dining to sports.

09/10/2020 By Portland Monthly Staff

Hellscape 2020

So Your Area Has to Evacuate?

We talked with an insurance agent about what to bring—and what to leave behind.

09/10/2020 By Julia Silverman

Wildfires

Even the Oregon Coast Is Burning

Traditionally a place of refuge from heat and smoke, the skies above parts of the Pacific have turned red.

09/09/2020 By Ainslee Dicken

Disaster

Here’s How to Help the Victims of Oregon’s Wildfires

Thousands around the state are under evacuation orders as multiple fires rage, fanned by high winds.

09/09/2020 By Julia Silverman

Oregon Wine 2019: Solidarity

How Wildfires and Shady Californians Led Oregon Winemakers to Unite

A new collective label, Oregon Solidarity, donates profits back to the Rogue Valley Vintners.

09/23/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Summer Adventures: The Gorge

Two Years After the Eagle Creek Fire, Some of the Gorge’s Most Iconic Hikes Are Open Again

Here are three hikes to get you back into the Gorge.

05/28/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

News

Are Wildfires Choking Oregon’s High Season?

“Smoke season” is costing us millions in tourism dollars. Some agencies are desperate to cut through the haze—before it’s too late.

05/28/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Wildfire Upside

Could Wildfires Help Save Oregon's Native Bees?

The hotter the blaze, the buzzier are Oregon's 500-some bee species.

04/15/2019 By Shayla Norris-York

Film

A New Documentary Tells the Stories Behind the Eagle Creek Fire

This time last year the Gorge was burning. Forest on Fire reflects on the blaze that shocked our state.

09/04/2018 By Marty Patail

First Look

Tails & Trotters Reopens with Plate Lunches, Sandwiches, and Beer

A year after a devastating fire torched its aged pork inventory, NE Portland's artisan butcher shop rises from the ashes.

03/21/2018 By Christine Menges and Benjamin Tepler

Science

When Portland Skies Darken, These Meteorologists Get to Work

Meet the city's stormwatchers.

01/30/2018 By Stephen Phillips

Science

Indonesia's Wildfires Are a Climate Disaster. Can Portland Help Douse the Flames?

A local design company thinks it can help solve a fiery carbon conundrum.

01/30/2018 By Zach Dundas

Unnatural Treasure

The Columbia River Gorge Burned. We Could Make That a Good Thing.

A manifesto for our beloved national landmark, after the flames.

11/20/2017 By Randy Gragg Illustrations by Amy Martin